Alta Pavina - Citius, 2016
The Ortega brothers Diego and Hugo are the mad men behind the planting of Pinot Noir in Castilla y Leon. The secret is the cool influenced vineyard site they chose and the expertise onboard of one Claude Bourgignon, the vineyard manager at the Romanee-Conti. Yep, this is Spain's DRC!
Describing how this is made highlights the incredible value here! Most vines are over 50 years old meaning low yields and high-quality grapes. 10% of the wine is wild fermented in old oak barrels and the whole wine spends 2 months on lees before bottling.
Darriaud - Cotes du Rhone, 2020
Darriaud Rose is made using hand harvested grapes subjected to the Provencal ‘rosé de presse’ method. This very gentle pressing extracts as much aroma and flavour as possible with the least amount of tannins. The wine is vinified at cool temperatures in stainless steel vats to preserve these delicate aromas and flavours.
Barbera d'Asti DOCG, Cantina del Pino, 2017
Juicy, fresh and full of black cherries and dark chocolate that are a hallmark of the Barbaresco grape. Perfect on it's own or with food. From one of the historic properties of Barbaresco.
Château Maison Neuve, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, 2015
A wonderfully complex and very classic style of 'claret' from an excellent vintage. A high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%, unusual at this level) offers up cassis and cigarbox notes. A wine that will benefit from an hour or two of air to breathe and cries out for an accompaniment of beef or lamb
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Rouge, Domaine Bosquet des Papes, 2016
A complex, full-bodied and spicy red wine with aromas of ripe plum fruit, savoury wild herbs and old leather. Round and plush on the palate with with a complex savoury finish.