Geoff and I made our annual visit to Tanners Wine Merchants last week and picked up a few bottles each. Geoff actually showed me this bottle as we were wandering round but I didn’t make the connection when we tried it (blind) at Steve’s. ‘You’ll never get this’, he said – and we didn’t.
Very pale yellow, almost watery appearance, sweet melon nose. Not enough acidity, length or complexity for me so more a curiosity than anything else. Jancis Robinson reviewed the 2015 very favourably but I didn’t get the ‘massive grip and flavour explosion’ she experienced.
I can’t recall trying the Mauzac grape before although apparently it’s a compulsory component of Blanquette de Limoux which we used to drink in France years ago an alternative to champagne, always preferring the latter.
[Geoff: “This is fragrant, with light, tantalising flavours of apricots and peaches” ” A nose with herbal notes, and a salty fruit on the palate, with a typical bitter finish of Mauzac …. subtle touch of oak to give complexity.” “This is a brilliant, rewarding wine full of preserved lemon, flint and ripe pear.” We added ripe melon.
The above are the tasting notes of the wine from three different critics. Fruits’ list: apricot, peaches, preserved lemon, ripe pear. Other specific flavours listed: herbs, salt, bitterness, oak, flint. General descriptors’ list: light, tantalising, typical, subtle, complex, brilliant, rewarding.
Any flavours missed? Welcome to the wonderful world of wine tasting. For me, okay but not complex, a touch sweet with a tendency to be claggy after a couple of mouthfuls. Lacking complexity, it probably needs the bubbles to make it memorable.]