Last weekend I should have been in the Languedoc with Jeff and attending a wine tasting at Latour De France. Sadly, a 48 hour bug put a stop to that.
Instead I reflected on a tasting we did at Jeff’s on October 3rd of all the 2017 wines in cuve. Regular readers will recall that they vintage is of high quality but low quantity. Quantities will be in short supply of what will be seriously good wines. There was a tinge of sadness about that as we tasted through the range.
These were my notes on the evening.
- Maccabeu / Grenache Gris – still some residual sugar. Fresh nose, Fruity, pears. Slight sweetness which will disappear. Clean and lovely.
- Sauvignon Blanc – fresh apple, bright and zesty. A true Sauvignon character, refreshing.
- Carignan Blanc – lovely, full, clean, direct – fresh and fruity. Very good.
- Rosé – very pale, flowery aroma, fresh and clean, exactly what you’d want from a rosé.
- Syrah (Ste Suzanne) – whole bunch, red fruit, round tannins, good finish, full, very good.
- Cinsault – lovely, fresh and juicy red fruit, cherry, 13,5% but tastes lighter. Good.
- Syrah (Segrairals) – amazing passion fruit nose which carries into taste. Fresh, citrus and lovely red fruit, a real star.
- Syrah (La Garrigue) – La Vigne Haute (fingers crossed). Terrific, direct full tannnins, splendid fruit, full, long – stunner.
- Flower Power – Maccabeu, Syrah (St Suz), Grenache (St Suz), Grenache Gris, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Flower Power – Despite the different assemblage this has the character of previous Flower Power – fruity, silky tannin and very appealing. Lovely.
- Grenache – blend of Ste Suzanne / La Garrigue – 2015 St Suz provided 80hl, this year the 2 vineyards made 60hl. Lovely, fresh cherry flavours with a spicy finish.
- Mourvėdre – crunchy, spicy good tannins and dark fruits. Very true to the grape. Good.
- Carignan – top of the class. Lovely fresh red and black fruits, excellent balance of freshness and complexity. Star yet again.
- Merlot – lovely fruit nose, fresh, touch of wildness which should settle. Nice.
- Cabernet Sauvignon – still some sugar, plenty of fruit, easy to drink with classic blackcurrant notes.
We went on to drink a couple of the 2016 wines which were still in cuve, a very floral and spicy Syrah and an assemblage of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre which had good fruits with a soft tannin finish.
Reflections on the evening? The quality of 2017 is clear it is up there with the 2015s, just such a shame that fewer people will get to drink them. The whites are very good but the reds shine especially the future La Vigne Haute and Flambadou. The wines had all fermented beautifully causing few worries. A vintage to cherish, can’t wait until it is in bottle.