Eyes: clear, med ruby, legs
Nose: clean, med intensity, youthful, red fruit, cherry, spice, earth, game, cola, white pepper, oak, savoury
Mouth: dry, med body, med- acidity, earth, med- fine tannin, med flavour intensity, med+ alcohol, game, red fruits, cherry, slightly herbal, med length
All in all: Good quality: a moderate complexity is held up by a softer structure. Lacks a bit of concentration, but is still enjoyable. Drink now; not suitable for ageing.
[Tasted during WSET Diploma class – Section 1 – Week 9]
This poor little wine was shoved within the last 5 or so minutes we had of the class, and it was also bought with the intention to display some for of a Grenache and Syrah dominated blend (i.e. GSM), but alas, Mourvèdre was the second fiddle in this blend. A mistake, but we tasted it anyways, with the limited time and tired tongues we had. Yes – tired tongues, dark teeth, and stained lips. I try not to smile on the way home.
Good quality – there is a fair amount of red fruit supported by the gamey earthiness of the Mourvèdre. They often make a great couple – the oxidative, blousy, and candied Grenache often balances with the reductive nature of Mourvèdre plus its meaty, more serious tones, although Syrah/Shiraz is usually added as some sort of middle ground and recognizable name.
The wine did lack some structure and concentration, but was not entirely offensive. I remain fascinated by Rhône grapes and I’m eager and willing to try more of their wines. My mouth is ready.
Producer: Chateau du Trignon
Sub-Region: Sablet Côtes du Rhone Villages, Rhône Valley
Variety: Grenache (50%), Mourvèdre (45%), Syrah (3%), Cinsault
Tasted: June 5, 2013