January 2019 Selection

The allure of simplicity

January 2019 Selection

Carles Andreu Trepat Novell 2018 (2 bottles)
Peixes Lacazán 2016 (2 bottles)
Fabla 2016 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: £50.30
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After years of sometimes overdoing things, both in the vineyards and in the winery, many winemakers, tired of heavy and woody wines, have decided to make a very clear commitment to simplicity; to the beauty of sharpness and clarity in wines. This apparently drastic return to a simpler style is merely based on trying to recover the essence of vines and their grapes. The aim is for the grape to be allowed to express itself, absorbing the landscape surrounding the plants; for the grape to be the true star in the glass, its aromas and taste neither hindered or trampled on by over-extraction, excessive wood, or unnecessary corrections during the production process in the winery.

Carles Andreu Trepat Novell, Peixes Lacazán, and Fabla are perfect examples of this kind of honest wines. These wines proudly offer a picture of their landscapes through the traditional local grapes used in their production. It is easy to distinguish the freshness and spices of the Trepat grape cultivated in Conca de Barberà in the Trepat Novell, and the River Bibei flowing through every delicate drop of Peixes Lacazán, and the intense minerality of the soil of Calatayud seen in the warmth of the enveloping Grenache in each and every bottle of Fabla. These wines show us that it is no longer the richness of a wine that seduces your palate, but the allure of its simplicity.

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Carles Andreu Trepat Novell 2018 (2 bottles)

Young red. Celler Carles Andreu Conca de Barberà, Spain Trepat

Bottle: £6.07 club members / £7.18 non-members


The Carles Andreu Trepat Novell is a wine which brings out the best of the Trepat grape and a simple, direct production method. The Trepat grapes vinified with carbonic maceration, a common method in regions like Rioja, allow Bernat Andreu and his team to offer a perfect portrayal of the Trepat and the spectacular appellation of Conca de Barberà through an extraordinary wine.

This is essentially a primary wine, but not an obvious one — rather, it is a delicate one. It achieves a degree of complexity thanks to its spontaneity, and the transparency and honesty with which the fruit is worked, both on the land and in the winery. In fact, if we couldn’t see the label, we might not realize this wine is produced with carbonic maceration. Although its aroma is clearly fruit-based, it is far from the sweeter and more caramelized aromas of other wines produced this way. With this novell (new wine) we find yeast aromas mixed in with ripe wild fruit, mandarin peel, and hints of scrubland. Still crispy in the mouth thanks to carbonic traces which extol its aromas and facilitate a light and barely tannic pass through the mouth, it covers the omnipresent fruit with discrete spices like cloves and pink pepper pods. A body of lightly lactic hints and fragile flowers give it a touch of distinction. Best served quite cool (12º-14º), the Carles Andreu Trepat Novell will bring out the best in even the simplest of foods, such as toast and cold meats, pizza, pasta, mild cheese, or veal carpaccio.

Barbecues / tapas / pizza / veal carpaccio / semi-cured cheeses

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 12ºC and 14ºC
  • For drinking this year.

Carles Andreu Trepat Novell 2018
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Peixes Lacazán 2016 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Peixes Wines without GI, Spain Mouratón, Mencia, Alicante Bouschet, Grao Negro

Bottle: £9.12 club members / £10.79 non-members


Peixes is the new adventure in wines from Jesús Olivares and Curro Bareño, the founders of the Fedellos Do Couto winery. To bring about the project they had in mind, they searched for forgotten vineyards beyond the limits of the DO Ribeira Sacra and DO Valdeorras appellations they usually work in, which gave them freedom to mix grapes from both sides of the River Bibei. In these areas around the town of Viana do Bolo, at the limit of where grapes can be successfully cultivated, the climate is cool and plots are at high altitudes (up to 850 metres high), although the landscape is not as steep and rugged as other spots due to the closeness of the river. Different local varieties are planted as bush vines all together mixed up together in the same vineyards.

Their respect for the cool terroir is clearly seen by the fact they do not use chemical products on the land and they limit mechanical interventions to as few as possible. This, together with the local varieties they have chosen, enables them to produce wines full of character and emotion, like this one; the Peixes Lacazán. It is the result also of wild yeast and ripe stalks used, and offers a brilliant red colour and a lively aromatic nose. It is a wine with fresh fragrances, and is agile, flowery and crispy on the palate. It has a clearly mineral and saline personality, which comes out through fantastic red fruits of the forest. All in all, a very moreish wine! It brings out the particular aromas of each local grape variety used, as if it were a basket of fruits or a bunch of flowers, showing us the values of grapes other than the typical Mencia and Godello grapes found in the Bibei valley. The end result; a wine with an intense Atlantic soul. Granite can be sensed in each sip, giving strength and complexity to the body of a wine which tries to be discrete but whose character comes out to the front as you drink, offering us a fuller, wider wine with every moment that passes.

Octopus / vegetable casseroles

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2023.

Peixes Lacazán 2016
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Fabla 2016 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón Calatayud, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £6.03 club members / £7.18 non-members


Fabla represents the essence of the town of Calatayud, the history and language of Aragon, its landscapes, windy climes, and the strong character of the people. It is part of the Las Pizarras Collection wine selection, named after the slate soils (pizarra means slate) which give minerality and equilibrium to the wines.

Grenache grapes from over forty-year-old bush vines planted at high altitudes (800 metres) give an elegance and fragrance to this intense wine. The gravel soil covering and cultivation using bush vines means an extremely precise hand-picking at harvest time is required to ensure the low yield of grapes (2,500 kg/ha) are in perfect conditions when they reach the cellar. The short time it spends in wood halts the force of the wine without affecting its essence. The Fabla wine offers hints of stone dust, cherry and plum skins, precise liqueur, fine bitter tones, minty hints, and an intense cherry colour. Balsamic aromas of rosemary and scrubland appear, and, above all, an intense minerality from the broken-up slate on the ground, all embellished with reminders of candied strawberries and liquorice. Without doubt, Fabla is a wine capable of representing the high quality of this region ... and at an excellent price!

Meats cooked on hot stone / vegetable casseroles / cured cheeses

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Fabla 2016
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