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4 Monos Tinto 2011 (2 bottles)
El Hombre Bala 2011 (2 bottles)
Baby Bad Boy 2009 (2 bottles)
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Young red Crianza. 4 Monos Viticultores Vinos de Madrid, Spain Grenache, Syrah
Bottle: £11.20 club members / £13.03 non-members
The Cuatro Monos red is an “alert” wine, lively, exhibiting a lovely ruby-cherry colour in the glass, of medium density and glyceric. It proffers aromas of fruit in its purest form, with woodland notes that are fresh and succulent without coming over as sweet, with a smoky and mineral (pencil lead) touch and some velvety notes, especially in the glass when still, which remind us of certain flowers, like violets. Its complexity is quite remarkable, and its nose is very elegant and honest.
On the palate it is intense, with a good, vibrant and juicy structure (the addition of Syrah surely has some bearing on the good deal of body it has, yet not in the least heavy): it is fresh, approachable and an easy drink; slightly smoky on the finish. An interesting, fine Garnacha from Madrid, recommendable, ideal to team up with meats, and roasts in particular, and just quite simply because: the company of those four nice monkeys might well be enough to brighten up an evening for us too.
Barbecues / roast suckling pig / oven-cooked meats / smoked sausages / potato casserole
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Young red Crianza. Comando G Viticultores Vinos de Madrid, Spain Grenache
Bottle: £11.99 club members / £13.95 non-members
The Comando G team make it: people who know all about the Garnacha, especially Garnachas grown at high altitude, and who employ biodynamic farming, doing everything they can to understand nature and convey the landscape in every bottle, and to offer fresh and elegant wines.
This Hombre Bala appears a cherry colour, but not overly intense, not very dark, as is typical of the variety, and the tears fall slowly. The aromas of fairly ripe fresh fruit are intense, inviting, with notes of black pepper grains and woodland hints (of Mediterranean forests) endowing it with tremendous freshness, balsamic notes and a background of aromatic herbs and a slight lactic touch that bestow a very interesting air of rusticity, understanding by rusticity, purity and genuineness; this wine is most elegant.
The wine is made with grapes from old vineyards, grapevines that are by now very well-balanced and the feeling of harmony is perceptible at all times. Moreover, there is a lot of similarity between the aromas and flavours. The entry on the palate is a little astringent at the beginning (the wine is still very young), of average volume (these wine producers are not known for making highly extracted wines, but on the contrary, for light wines) yet with a sinewy and fruity mouthfeel, and with tannins evident although restrained. It is flavoursome, with a subtly bitter background and some smoky notes on the finish. It is a very good Garnacha in its price range, and a wine for both spring and autumn.
Ox fillet / meats with creamy sauces / pasta with bolognese sauce / stuffed aubergines / roast suckling pig
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Young red. Jean-Luc Thunevin Vin de France, France Merlot, Grenache
Bottle: £7.38 club members / £8.73 non-members
Baby Bad Boy constantly plays on this duplicity, an enriching contrast, always in natural balance: Bordeaux classicism with Mediterranean expressiveness, freshness cloaked in warmth, fruit and juiciness refined with finesse and roundness... This is a young wine, but of superior quality.
Baby Bad Boy is labelled as 'Vin de France'; new French legislation allows blends of grapes of differing origins and recognises the quality of wines such as this one, which is made with 70% Merlot from Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux) and 30% Grenache from Maury (Rosellón), yet another "licence" illustrating the creativity and singularity of Jean-Luc Thunevin, quite a notable figure in the wine-growing world and one of the pioneers in the production of what we have all now come to know as “garage wines”.
Baby Bad Boy exhibits very elegant aromas (strawberries, blueberries, ripe fruit aromas), reveals a very clean and rounded nose, refined, with subtle smoky notes and a mineral background that is probably due to Maury’s slatey soil. On the palate it has a powerful attack but its tannins are incredibly smooth and it is light-bodied; this is a very easily drinkable wine, with a pleasant sweet touch and a slightly bitter background. When first tasted, it comes over as a bit on the wild side, as though that fine bitterness wanted to do battle with the sweetness (which is why we recommend that you open the bottle at least half an hour before serving), but they do complement each other and win us over. Enjoy it thoroughly now, at an ideal point in time, although its powerfulness will invigorate it for another couple of years to come.
Aperitifs / to enjoy on its own / lamb / veal / poultry / Peppercorn steak
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