I loved the 2011 version of this as it really captured the joy of South of France Carignan. This 2012 iteration, though, seems to lack the specialness.
The problem I think is that its just too polished, with a very new world brightness in colour, the nose all ferrous, red currant jam. It tastes juicy, tarry and quite confected, the finish shorter than expected and the tannins soft. There’s an awful lot of currant and syrup fruit, but it doesn’t feel as well set as last year and the character isn’t quite in the same league
Will no doubt improve with time.
Tasted: Nov 14
Score: 16.8/20, 89/100+
Would I buy it? Not at the moment
Buy online: Abbotts & Delaunay website