Elegant and round. It is well balanced with a velvety attack followed by a pleasant acidity and a silky and full-bodied aftertaste resulting from its noble and ripe tannin. Its long aftertaste has spicy and balsamic hints, resulting from its long and peaceful ageing, as well as confit fruit nuances that uncover its personality.
Smallest of the Grand Cru Classé of 1855 at just 6.5 hectares and possibly the most obscure, Chateau Suau is hard to find yet quite delicious. Lots of ripe sweet apricot and apples, big and sweet from botrytis. Drink to 2030.
Born and raised in La Rioja, Spain, Raúl Acha emits the same daring spirit as his wine producing ancestry. Like his family, he thrives on finding off-the-beaten-track projects in creating new wines that uniquely express each region. Proyecto Garnachas de Espana is Rauls personal quest in protecting and restoring the glory of the now relegated secondary grape, Garnacha or Grenache. Armed with his expertise, he ventures off to discover unique plots of Grenache within the country to create these single varietal wines.
Very old bush vines planted in 1940 and grown at high altitude on the banks of the Ribota river, this is a wild and wonderful Grenache, intense, oaky, profound and yet moreish. Brilliant value for money
A junior version of Barolo and Barbaresco: priced accordingly, and a much better bet than lower-end versions of those greats. Langhe Nebbiolo occupies an interesting legal status in that it is the only appellation available for top Barolo and Barbaresco to downgrade or declassify their wines, therefore offcuts and lesser batches end up in their Langhe wine at a cheaper price.
This example is classic: pale, leathery, dried fruits and flowers, a pinot-like delicacy and savoury layering. Charming dinner wine, let it breathe for an hour or so before drinking.
Varietal with a gentle herbacous quality transitioning into ripe white fleshed fruits of apple and lemon, a touch of pineapple then a light white vegtable quality. Crisp, taut, fruity, refreshing and dry with complexity from bottle development and a whisper of toastiness, there is plenty to admire, but this wine is also young with acidity and energy as well. As the wine becomes more ambient the flavours and textures grow and develop. A thoroughly interesting example, balanced and well made. Best drinking from today and through 2029.
Way, way out of its class - no other Laguna matches this for complexity. Chablis-like in its bracing stony frame but layered with waves of white peach, ripe lime, tarragon, hints of chilli or ginger. A slightly eccentric but 100% gorgeous wine that really commands attention.
The winemakers at Richter believe that great wine comes from the vineyard, not the cellar. With this in mind they strive for precision in their daily viticultural work. The challenge of cultivating vines on the steep, slate slopes of Mosel is overcome by fastidious handwork, small crop sizes, all-natural fertilizers and sustainable farming practices. Additionally, all harvesting is done by hand. Vinification starts with gentle pressing and slow temperature controlled fermentation in traditional old oak barrels (fuders). This careful, deliberate process preserves the vineyard-grown quality of the grapes, develops the unique character of the single-vineyard cuvees, and to gives Richter wines exceptional longevity.
Racy Kabinett driven by mature tartaric acid. Very typical aromatic structure of red berries, as well as nuances of grapefruit and slate stone. Winery Max Ferd. Richter
Remi Jeanniard is the 'real deal' and a treasure for the Burgundy lover. An under-the-radar producer making fantastic wines in the heart of Burgundy's greatest vineyards. And they are affordable.
"Fruit compote on the nose. Big and juicy. Quite charming and floral at the same time. A lot of structure, creamy towards the finish.."
Remi Jeanniards neighbours say that he and his wife are always in the vineyards; even on 2nd January, they were seen out pruning the vines. Remi has just over 7 hectares of vines in and around Morey-St-Denis. The vines are much older than average, with all of his Vieilles Vignes village bottlings being at least 50 years old. This gives a natural concentration to the wines which are both well structured and elegant.
Dried fruits, figs, cherries, currants, and violets. Exciting. Less plush than the jeunes vignes, but more vibrant and intense. Supple tannins.
Fermented in steel and aged for 2 months in French oak It has lovely floral and citrus fruit notes on the nose, more on the palate and thirst quenching acidity. Really pleasing to drink on its own or with creamy dishes.
From an excellent small family producer in Meursault, this wine hails from a vineyard that sits adjacent to Meursault and benefits from the same terroir, treatment and character. Classic Burgundian flavours.
52% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot. 33% new, 33% second-use, 33% third-use oak for 14 months.
Nicely integrated after 6 years in bottle and offering up sweet aromas of cassis and redcurrant, lively palate and plenty of body.
From an exceptional south-facing single vineyard set high on the North Downs. Without question the best still English wine I have tasted. Its mouth-fillingly fine with rounded, supple peach-like fruit and an ever so slightly toasty, vanilla finish thanks to nine months in French oak. If you like serious white Burgundy or Chablis, youll love this.
A beautiful glass of white from Spains La Mancha, this Verdejo is a notch above the rest. Made from 30 year old Verdejo vines, there is a concentration which is often missing from so many of its kind. A dry yet fresh palate with lovely floral aromas and peachy flavours, there is a roundness throughout.
Medium-dry style with lots of ripe peach, apple and pear flavours. The luscious palate is weighty but balanced by good freshness.
Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com "Easy, open Chenin, golden apples and baked pears, a smidge of fudge and sage leaf dipped in warm honey, but also cool lemon peel and even a nip of stone dust. Not bad for the price but prêt-à-porter, not crafted."