Guy Saget Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil AC 2010, Loire Valley
Tasted June 2012
Appearance - clear and bright with medium minus intensity purple hue. A paler rim and not a lot of visible tears.
Nose - clean, youthful aromatics with medium plus intensity showing some pungent spicy aromas upfront resembling black pepper and leafiness, green bell pepper, raspberry, red cherry and some herbal eucalyptus notes.
Palate - dry with medium plus acidity, medium grippy tannin level although a bit drying, medium minus alcohol and medium body. Medium flavour intensity, too focused on the spicy notes of black pepper from the start to the finish, some sour cherry, raspberry and earthy mineral notes on the medium plus length.
Conclusions (15,5/20) - good quality, showing some Loire and Cab Franc tipicity, just slightly unbalanced between the rich aromatic profile and the somewhat thin palate that is lacking some fruit concentration to even out the austerity of the mineral notes and some rustic character. I like this style that is linear, austere, super spicy, mineral and fresh, but a little more substance would be welcome. Nevertheless this is a very gastronomic style, perfect for grilled white meats with aromatic herbs and certainly spicy food. Ready to drink it could mellow better it's components for the next 3 years.
Approximate retail price - €7
For my palate I couldn't stop drinking it, like a spicy food junky with a running nose and a sweaty forehead that just can't help having another bite!