June 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Two outstanding wines, only one place to try them.
Following the enormous success of our last ‘Classic Wine Bar Experience’ we are very excited about this one!
This summer’s Classic Wine Bar Experience features two lesser known grape varieties from a little known region in Spain. The one thing they have in common is that they are both the finest expressions of these grape varieties that we’ve ever come across. They have totally captured our imaginations as lovers of great wine and we think they will do the same for you.
Both wines usually list at €69 but we are delighted to offer them at €39
Also available by the glass €9.75
Rafael Palacios ‘As Sortes’ 2010
The Godello grape, native to Galicia in north-west Spain was once close to extinction but has seen a remarkable resurgence in recent times, both in popularity and in quality.
Leading the pack is Rafael Palacios, who’s ‘As Sortes’ is surely the very pinnacle of modern Godello. This wonderfully complex wine shows classic Godello character on the nose – lemon, pear and white fruit followed by lightly toasty oak. The palate is rich and rounded- a result of maturing for 8 months on its lees- but cut through by a vibrant citrusy acidity and precise minerality.
All of these components combine beautifully for a persistent and hugely satisfying finish. This wine will compliment most fish dishes but works especially well with monkfish.
85% Mencia, 15% Garnacha & Brancellao
Also from the Galicia region in north-west Spain, ‘Lalama’ is a blend of Mencia (85%) Garnacha and Brancellao, with vines ranging between 15 and 100yrs of age.
Mencia from old vines is now producing some extraordinary wines and this is definitely our favourite. Strikingly different to the majority of Spanish wines, this comes across more like an intriguing cross between Northern Rhone and Cote de Nuits – The savoury, spicy blackberry flavours of a great Cote Rotie, but with the silky texture and violet aromatics of a great Burgundy.
This wine spends 21 months in barrel, followed by 18 months in bottle before it is released and it is drinking perfectly now. As in right now. If you’re a fan of great Burgundy, great Rhone or just great wine you should check this out. The subtlety of flavour and natural acidity make this a perfect partner for duck.