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Garnacha By Artazu Tinto 2014 (2 bottles)
Boig Per Tu 2013 (2 bottles)
Xabre 2013 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £66.10
Club Discount Price: £56.79
You save: £9.31 (14.08%)
Along these lines, we have some original and authentic wines, made respectfully and tastefully, as our chosen three wines for this month's selection: Garnacha By Artazu Tinto 2014, a Garnacha which you'd think was a Tempranillo if tasted blind, a truly authentic Atlantic Garnacha, bearing the signature of an expert team, Artadi; Boig Per Tu 2013, a Mediterranean wine brimming with Garnacha, Cariñena and undergrowth, elegant and enjoyable, epitomising everything presented to us by this producer, Vinyes Domènech; and a tremendous little discovery, Xabre 2013, a Mencía from the Ribeira Sacra, made by Eulogio Pomares, a very evocative, fascinating wine, an absolute delight.
We hope that you enjoy them as much as we have.
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Young red. Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Navarre, Spain Grenache
Bottle: £7.45 club members / £8.67 non-members
Garnacha By Artazu is a young wine, that's not spent time in oak —although the odd aroma might have made you think so— and so exactly what you might expect: direct, easy-drinking, with a silky, creamy texture. A red with good body, very clean fruit, fresh and honest that leaves us with a fruit-driven finish, once again revealing recently-picked blackberries and a feel of the countryside, woodlands, all natural. To sum up, a classy young wine, bearing the hallmark of authenticity, which shows the potential and the wealth of nuances that a grape so closely identified with its land is capable of offering.
Artadi offers us its "By Artadi" range, a series of wines rooted in the indigenous variety and their land of origin: Tempranillo from Álava, Monastrell from Alicante and Garnacha from Navarra. They are wines made from the produce of their own vineyards, those which, although still young, have already reached considerable maturity and provide balanced yields. Single varietal wines that show all the strength of the fruit, maintain the impetus of youth and demonstrate their maturity in the way they express themselves thanks to a respectful ageing. The red in the Garnacha By Artazu series originates from the vineyards which the winery owns in the town of Artazu, from vines planted at an altitude of 480 m and lying on Quaternary alluvial soils, with a very calcareous substratum.
Grilled rabbit / turkey / Cordon bleu / veal / cooked sausages / ham / pasta with bolognese sauce
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Young red Crianza. Vinyes Domènech Montsant, Spain Grenache, Carignan
Bottle: £10.46 club members / £12.19 non-members
Proving an ambassador for both region and maker, this is an intense and juicy wine, which benefits nonetheless from half an hour's aeration. Let it breathe and you'll enjoy a fruity wine (blueberries and redcurrants), enriched with notes of freshly-toasted bread, a slightly earthy undertone and a suggestion of sweetness. On the palate, it reveals good structure and depth, and above all, excellent balance. A very polished and well-defined composition, and with good acidity enabling it to be enjoyed now or in a few years, and even over two days; it isn't easily affected by oxidation.
Roast suckling pig / beefburgers / wild boar / grilled meats / paté
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Red Crianza. Fento Wines Ribeira Sacra, Spain Mencia, Sousón, Grenache, Juan García
Bottle: £10.49 club members / £12.19 non-members
Xabre is very pleasant, both on the nose and palate, appearing a lovely colour with medium-high density, most elegant. Harmony is its great merit: ripe, expressive and juicy fruit, and an array of aromas and flavours which have remarkable complexity and originality. Although it's made predominantly from Mencía grapes (90%), you'll find it a different type of Mencía.
It's an evocative wine regarding sense of smell. It starts off by exhibiting a very seductive vegetal freshness (the capsule's green colour is not accidental), with deeper woodland aromas (fir and cypress trees) or lighter notes of recently-cut grass, and continues with a Christmas nuance due to its spiciness, sweetish, with floral notes too and medicinal hints. There aren't any rough edges, it's all nicely balanced.
On the palate it's delicate, medium-bodied, with a juicy texture and lovely sweetness, leaving a glycerin sensation on the tongue, with those same vegetal hints and notes of well-refined oak in the aftertaste, and they carry on persisting. Original and very satisfying, with a moderate alcohol content as well. All in all, a real pleasure to drink!
Grilled rabbit / vegetables / aperitifs / chicken / turkey / chicken with raisins and plums / Cordon bleu / soft cheeses / to enjoy on its own
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