Wine region / Country
Do Ferreiro 2017 (2 bottles)
Vive La Vida 2016 (2 bottles)
Corral del Obispo 2015 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £72.20
Club Discount Price: £61.14
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This month we will present wines from three of the regions in this area: from the Rias Baixas, in Galicia; Cangas, in Asturias; and Bierzo, in the region of Castile and Leon. The climate in this part of Spain is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. This, together with the slate, granite, and quartz soils, defines the kind of wines produced in these areas. The apparent fragility of the wines, and their occasionally airy character make these wines a perfect contrast to the scorching heat found in other parts of Spain during the summer holidays. The Albariño, Albarin Negro, and Mencia grapes used for making the Do Ferreiro, Vive la Vida and Corral del Obispo wines take us back to their origins, without having to travel anywhere. The salty taste of the Do Ferreiro brings us close to the sea; the elegant hardiness of the Vive la Vida reminds us of the steep slopes of the mountain-side vineyards; while the complexity of the Corral del Obispo evokes the soils of Valtuille, home to its old Mencia vines. If you have never visited these excellent wine-producing areas in spectacular landscapes, try and find a moment to do so — you won't regret it!
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Young white. Gerardo Méndez Rías Baixas, Spain Alvarinho
Bottle: £10.21 club members / £12.15 non-members
Do Ferreiro has a straw colour in the glass and seductive aromas of fine salt and granite dust on the nose. Notes of lemons and limes stand out above a background of peach which smoothes its acidity. On the palate, it has a good volume, slightly oily, thanks to the work with the lees which adds a little fat to the wine, while respecting the fruit. This wine also preserves the tension of the harvested grapes and has evokes memories of the Atlantic Ocean. Nuances of acidic loquats, fresh grass, and small white flowers garnish a deliciously bitter finish.
A classic Albariño wine with everything as it should be and nothing in excess, this wine combines the best of traditional wine-making with the freshness and definition of contemporary wines.
Anchovies / white fish
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Red Crianza. Bodega Vidas Cangas, Spain Albarín Negro, Mencia, Carrasquín, Verdejo Negro
Bottle: £14.10 club members / £16.58 non-members
The Vive La Vida wine spends 10 months in barrels, and emerges with a nose with lactic and smoky tones, and aromas of red fruits and shrub. A curious sweet note may even remind us of cola drinks. The subtly used wood strengthens an apparently fragile structure with elegant tannins. Every sip lets us see the similarities with the best wines from Bierzo or the Ribeira Sacra: with aromas of juicy and crisp wild strawberries, dark plum skins, bay leaves, and even slate. The acidity of blackcurrants gives the wine a great future, with just the right amount of tannins to make it almost addictive. Juicy and crispy, this is a fine drink with a long finish, whose hints of spices and herbs make it a very gastronomic wine.
Veal ragout / braised vegetables
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Young red Crianza. Viñedos Singulares Bierzo, Spain Mencia
Bottle: £6.26 club members / £7.37 non-members
It has a picota cherry colour, without being too opaque, and red rims which promise a fruity wine. Aromas of violets, blackberries, and liquorice dominate on the nose, while its palate is juicy and wide with a wonderful balance between maturity and tannins. A sweet but bitter drink; juicy but serious. The six months it spends in 5000-litre foudres is just right to give the wine its structure but without affecting its fruity expression. Hints of ash, roots, and blackcurrants are also there in the background. This wine has a great future and a character strong enough for it to make an excellent companion for rich substantial meals.
Peppercorn steak / meats with red berry fruit sauces
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