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Gordo 2012 (2 bottles)
Pas Curtei 2013 (2 bottles)
Château Fourcas Dupré 2010 (2 bottles)
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This month we have selected for you three wines which break the mould. The diversity and singularity are totally guaranteed. They are unknowns but really worth your while getting to know. From Yecla, the young and dynamic team of Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico surprise us with a wine whose more comprehensive character both of the Monastrell and the Cabernet Sauvignon few will recognise: Gordo 2012. In the Penedès, a wine for cellaring at an incredible price, of exceptional quality, produced by a pair of winemakers enamoured with Burgundy, who have managed to awaken a region where it seemed great reds couldn't exist: Pas Curtei 2013 (keep the bottle, don't open it yet, don't be fooled by the price, it's a wine for laying down). Then from Bordeaux, what we all look for, a classic, a fine Bordeaux that enables us to enjoy the excellence of this region without having to empty the wallet: Château Fourcas Dupré 2010.
Three wines, from three regions set well apart from one another, which, despite having one of the most international varieties in common, namely the Cabernet Sauvignon, have nothing much to do with each other. Three very singular wines, unknowns... until today.
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Young red Crianza. Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico Yecla, Spain Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle: £7.31 club members / £8.32 non-members
Gordo is their Yecla wine and its name relates to the nickname affectionately used by Patrick when referring to his father; yet another example of the natural way in which this winery works, the honesty, the seeing things as they are, while showing great respect for tradition and learning from the expertise of the past.
With Gordo, for example, they demonstrate how different a Monastrell wine from Yecla can be, in comparison with other similar wines made in neighbouring Jumilla. In Yecla, and especially in this vineyard, located at an altitude of 713 metres, the climate is cooler, the wines are more aromatic, fresher, naturally well-balanced and easier to drink. In fact, the exact profile of this wine. In this vineyard too, the soil's composition is calcareous, which favours the wine's finesse, and very poor in organic material, so that yields are really low, with very small berries and a great concentration of aromas, thanks to the high proportion of pulp in contact with the grape skin.
You'll find Gordo to be a very fresh and lively wine, different from what you might probably expect in a Monastrell wine. An intense, vivacious colour of dark Picota cherry but not overly deep, and a very open nose, of sweet red fruit, fairly luscious, with very vibrant woodland aromas, of juniper, cedar and aromatic plants, typical of the Monastrell but with no greenness, and touches of both dry earth and damp leaves, hints of pepper and cloves, plus a smoky undertone; a rather exotic nose, spicy but above all open and accessible. It's very easily drinkable, tasty, juicy, medium-bodied, with a subtle bitterness well-balanced by its mild sweetness and a particularly distinguished caramel undertone encountered on the aftertaste.
Peppercorn steak / barbecues / chilli con carne / roasts / chops
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Red Crianza. Alemany i Corrió Penedès, Spain Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan
Bottle: £10.90 club members / £13.19 non-members
Pas Curtei is a unique wine in the Penedès. At least for the time being. In this region there's a lot of effort going into the whites, but as regards reds, right now the Alemany i Corrió wines stand out as being different. The winery's flagship is Sot Lefriec and Pas Curtei was created to be the company's wine with an accessible profile, at a more affordable price. When you try it, you'll no doubt agree with us that they've only totally achieved one of their objectives, the price —which does them credit, of course, not the opposite— because although it's obviously more accessible than Sot Lefriec, Pas Curtei likewise boasts the profile of a great wine and deserves to be treated as such. A piece of advice: don't open it until its third year, and best after several months of maturing in bottle, the longer the better; always open it beforehand, and decanting is definitely favourable, and don't worry about finishing it the following day. This wine's longevity is astonishing.
Pas Curtei is a powerful wine but extremely pleasant on the palate, expressing itself naturally, with no artifices nor aromas that might mask the authentic personality of the varieties and its terroir: Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Cariñena (20%). On uncorking the bottle it is usual and quite normal to detect certain reductive notes. They will soon blow off and don't imply a defect but, on the contrary, are one of its great merits. Reductive winemaking avoids oxidation and allows the wine to develop a greater richness and complexity of aromas: a profound perfume of ripe fruit, very well composed with elegant notes of India ink, typical of the Cariñena, leather, coffee and chocolate notes, earthy touches and mild balsamic hints. It's well polished on the palate, with great structure but a velvety texture, having an intense flavour and a very pleasant suggestion of sweetness. A noble and truly complete ensemble, a clean and honest wine with plenty of personality.
NOTE: We recommend not opening it until its third year and better still after a couple of years of maturing in bottle. Always decant it an hour before drinking. To enjoy to the full all its complexity and richness just needs a little patience and careful handling at the table.
Marinated meats / stewed meats with mushrooms / cannelloni / spicy dishes / venison stew
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Red Crianza. Château Fourcas Dupré Listrac-Médoc, France Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Bottle: £12.88 club members / £14.81 non-members
The Listrac-Médoc appellation is very near to Saint-Julien, in the centre of the Gironde's left bank, and both share that balance between powerfulness and smoothness. Fourcas Dupré is almost certainly the winery which best represents this small appellation and its first wine, Château Fourcas Dupré is undoubtedly one of its finest ambassadors, if not the foremost.
Fourcas Dupré comes over as opulent and complete, yet with restraint and elegance, and doesn't aspire to impress, merely to please. It's neither very concentrated nor focused on one single aspect, offering a varied and variable aromatic palette, with ripe red fruit (raspberry and black cherry) aromas, leather and damp undergrowth notes, alternating too with smells of a drier nature, earthy notes, whiffs of tobacco, aromatic herbs, spices and having a balsamic undertone. On the palate, it's simply lovely, fruit-forward, flavoursome, very pleasurable, mineral, balanced, fresh, and with silky tannins. It's a well-nurtured, well-crafted wine which isn't aiming for power or volume but —we'd like to stress this— purely the pleasure of enjoying a good glass of wine. A harmonious, profound and precise wine, for pouring, sharing and looking forward to a second glass.
Chicken with raisins and plums / roasts / cooked sausages / beef / casseroles / barbecues
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