Cru Lermont Saperavi 2017
Taman peninsula, Russia
I bought this nectar at Saint Petersburg Airport duty free. It is a 100% Saperavi, a teinturier-type grape variety native to the country of Georgia. The vineyards are located in the Taman Peninsula. The grapes are hand picked and the fermentation takes place at low temperatures. Then the divine nectar ages for 12 months in French oak barriques. Za zdarovye!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is deep, almost inscrutable. The rim is thin.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. It is an explosion of black fruits, especially blackcurrant. Actually, the flavour is astonishing. I bet that most of us has never smell such a concentrated fragrance. It seems to have opened a blackcurrant flavoured yogurt. The perfume is rounded, strong and so yummy. After a bit, you can distinguish other notes as a ripe sour cherry and blackberry. But the aromatic palette is not boring. Refreshing aromas of blackcurrant leaf, pepper and mint offsets such opulence. As secondaries, we can find notes of vanilla, cedar and milk chocolate. The tertiaries are overwhelmed by the virulence of the primaries.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%). The flavour intensity is medium plus while the finish I long, almost eternal. Still a lot of black fruits, but also a hint of liquorice, fig and prune
The wine is really nice. The freshness and the yumminess are its actual strength. There is no much complexity, but the fruits are so rich that you cannot stop drinking it. The nectar is so taste by its own, or a perfect companion for a charcuterie board or just a chat with friends. It is not suggested for a session at the psychologist.