Wine Tasting Note: Mas de la Seranne Antonin et Louis, 2003, Coteaux du Languedoc, France. Available from Pic Wines for £14.30. [more]
A little duck roasting in the oven, smothered with my runny quince jelly, and this deeply coloured red breathing in the decanter. A fine evening in the offering.
Aroma is rich, slightly savoury and deep with a medley of squished fruits. Enticing. On the palate, an explosion of flavours brushed up against a red berry fruit acidity that slices though the richness of stewed fruits and tobacco. All this laced with a veneer of spices and a rustic earthiness. Alcohol 14%. Syrah (40%), Mourvèdre (27%), Grenache Noir (23%), Carignan (10%).
The duck was served with a curry spice-spiked yoghurt dip and basmati rice studded with almonds. The yoghurt brought out a delicious creamy edge in the wine with the curry spices edge emphasising similar flavours in the wine. An excellent combination. Scribblings Rating – 92/100
This is Seranne’s top cuvée, where Syrah is the dominant grape variety. The wine spends 13 months in oak (40% new, 60% one wine). This wine will definitely benefit from ageing, but is approachable in its youth – decant a couple of hours ahead of drinking, and you will be well rewarded. On the nose, plenty of garrigue spices and nice earthy notes. On the palate this is a smooth blend of dark fruits and spices, with a hint of vanilla and a dash of bitter chocolate on the finish. Delicious!”