February 2016 Selection

A matter of good taste

February 2016 Selection

Garnacha By Artazu Tinto 2014 (2 bottles)
Boig Per Tu 2013 (2 bottles)
Xabre 2013 (2 bottles)

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About this selection...

On several occasions we have commented on how different a wine can be depending upon where it's produced, even though it's made from the same variety. Garnacha wines, for example, are perhaps the ones which have surprised us most in this respect. Also how it's produced, and when respect for Nature is paramount, the vineyard, fruit and countryside are allowed to express themselves in such diverse ways, providing wines that differ so greatly. Included too is how important the winemaker's hand can turn out to be, enabling that natural expression, while at the same time avoiding or correcting any possible lack of balance. The hand which refines and adds the finishing touch.

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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Garnacha By Artazu Tinto 2014 (2 bottles)

Young red. Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Navarre, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £7.45 club members / £8.67 non-members


Garnacha By Artazu is a different Garnacha. In a blind tasting, we might well think it's a Tempranillo, but not a Garnacha. Undoubtedly Atlantic in character, fresh and pleasing, it exhibits delightful aromas of fresh blackberries, just plucked from the bush. The Garnacha gradually reveals itself, displaying great fruit intensity (after the blackberries, fleshy red cherries start appearing), floral nuances and an elegance which comes as no surprise when you discover what's on the label: Artazu, Artadi.

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

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • For drinking this year.

Garnacha By Artazu Tinto 2014
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Boig Per Tu 2013 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Vinyes Domènech Montsant, Spain Grenache, Carignan

Bottle: £10.46 club members / £12.19 non-members


Boig per Tu is a great wine ambassador for the Montsant: a Mediterranean Garnacha, fresh yet warm too, with aromas of undergrowth such as rosemary and thyme, very approachable right from the start, and with a notable contribution from the Cariñena (20%) which enhances its minerality. It's also yet another example of the elegance and pleasantness that we've grown accustomed to from this winery: refinement and good taste are 'trademark' Joan Ignasi Domènech.

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

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • For drinking this year.

Boig Per Tu 2013
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Xabre 2013 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Fento Wines Ribeira Sacra, Spain Mencia, Sousón, Grenache, Juan García

Bottle: £10.49 club members / £12.19 non-members


Xabre is a wine that's different from the vast majority of wines you will have tried. Aromatic, fresh and floral; surprising, interesting and delicious. Moreover, produced with great artistry and with attention to every detail: the wine, the bottle and the label. An original creation, executed very tastefully, with just over 3,000 bottles made. Pure craftsmanship.

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

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 15ºC and 17ºC
  • For drinking this year.

Xabre 2013
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