Marlene Soria, Domaine Peyre Rose, Clos Syrah Léone, Coteaux du Languedoc, Saint-Pargoire, Hérault, Occitanie, France, 2006
This wine: lot No. L.22.12.2015-B (on front label), organic, a blend of syrah with 10% mourvèdre, aged in tank and foudre, bottled and released when deemed fully mature. As far as I have been able to find out, this if from ~6-10 years after vintage. The lot number indicates bottling in 2015, so that gels. 55mm coated natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Roberson Wine, £67.50 (04/20)
Consumer tasting note: what might seem pricey at the outset, is not really the case, given its cache, annual volumes of ~35k bottles across two red and one white cuvées, and as far as I can tell, about 6-10 years in-house cellaring, to ensure RTD on release. Fully developed but will keep for a couple of years, with a complex nose of red and black berries, dried and confit, old leather, a hint of chopped pine and liquorice; full bodied, with firm yet ripe tannins, with notes black and red fruits again, black olive, cedar and prune. Finishes very long.
Drink now – RTD and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. Double decant, and wait for 1-2 hours.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity garnet, showing tears [a trace of fine sediment].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of the merest hint of farmyard, very slightly high-toned red cherry jam tinged with low key toast and candle wax, black olive, hint of raw steak fat, black berry jam, dried cranberry, spice, old leather, dried herbs, hint of chopped pine, a lifted floral note, hint of ripe black cherry, smoky, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine grained ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of black currant jam, fragrant crushed black berry, hint of spicy red currant jelly, cold stewed black plum, black olive, cedar, prune, dried currants. A long length (>50s), with a clean finish of black fruits, trailing off into black olive and a hint of cedar.
Quality: very good, well balanced fresh acidity and ripe quite firm tannins, with the high, yet quite well integrated alcohol, harmonious; a strong intensity with a little lesser concentration, showing a moderate-high level of fully developed complexity, with notes from exposure to oak, some percentage new, with moderate toasting (cedar, smoke, spice, toast), fruit development (dried fruit, jam, prune), and time in bottle (cedar, farmyard, leather, meaty, wax). Finishes resoundingly long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for 2-3 years – a sound acid-tannin structure and balance, pretty much fully developed, with a pleasing balance of primary, secondary and tertiary, and character to keep, with perhaps a little deepening of the tertiary dimension.