Chateau Vignelaure Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence 2007
Frist experience with wines from Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, which is located in south of France, it’s the second-largest appellation in Provence.
The Chateau Vignelaure Red wines are blend from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah grape. Aged in small oak barrels for 18 months, then further aged in the bottle for at least 2 years before release. (From vignelaure.com)
Left in the glass for 2 hours before consumption.
Stemware: Schott Zwiesel Enoteca Bordeaux Premier Crus
Colour: Dark purple core, light brown rim, shows sign of ageing.
Nose: Clean nose, high intensity.
Before the 2 hour rest, it was showing dominate notes of stewed mushrooms, concentrated dark fruits and touch of smoke.
After 2 hours, the nose opened up, showing notes of black and red cherries, black currant, black raspberry, cocoa powder, well integrated oak, touch of earthiness.
Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium+ silky tannins, juicy black fruits, plums, black currants, pepper, hint of nutmeg.
Finish: Medium length, touch of mineral note.
Diving into the wine with a very promising nose, showing a lot of black fruits, touch of cocoa sweetness. The nose carries onto the palate, well integrate oak, along with waves of juicy dark fruits, and a touch of spice. The finish is a bit of a letdown, decent length but it transitions to a mineral finish. Overall can’t fault a 2007 for $35CAD(~$26USD), this wine is ready to drink, and should drink well for another 5-8 years.