Les Clos de Paulilles – Cuvée Jules Pams 2013 – Collioure

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Red wine with very intense core, almost black at the centre, and the rim has a quite high viscosity too, with blue-purple hints, so it looks very young. On the nose it feels very young, it’s clean with a high degree of ripeness. It’s almost displaying some notes of port or fortified wine, with dark plum, figs, dates, very sweet and ripe, almost dried fruit. Palate is rather full, has good volume, good weight, high degree of ripeness, we can feel that the alcohol is high here, it’s not disturbing, it’s integrated in the wine, but it’s a bold and rich wine from grapes that have seen a lot of sun obviously. Once again on the palate, the palate is bone-dry but I still get some dried sweet fruits like prunes and dates figs with a sweet spiciness, a hint of vanilla, but not really any marked new oak. Still youthful in terms of tannins, there’s a quite good core of tannin, tannins are ripe and at this stage they give a good lift and a sense of freshness. Long finish, with that sweet and spicy fruit going on, well-made, interesting, from a sunny climate, with very nice ripe grapes. A wine that has good potential to it, I would prefer to age this to take a little bit off its youthful age and give it some more aromatic complexity, however if you like young and fruity wines I wouldn’t hesitate to put this in a carafe and drink it rather young.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.