Goedhuis Recommends: October 2019
Recently tasted here in our office on Bermondsey Street in preparation for this offer, are two white wines that deliver fantastic quality for the price per bottle. Created by Bodegas Lagar de Cervera (La Rioja Alta group), is an Albariño from North West Spain that has become a staple for those who want to steer away from Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Its subtle peachy aromas and mouth-watering acidity invite you back into the glass even before you have put it down!
The second white wine is from the fabled En Remilly 1er Cru vineyard in St Aubin, located just behind Le Montrachet. In the right hands, the wines from this stony limestone vineyard can be incredibly intense, broad on the palate and yield complexity with time. This cuvée from négociant Roche de Bellene is a classy example and at £33.50 a bottle is a relative bargain.
The two red wines, from France and Italy, both offer superb value. I am currently enjoying the 2016 Vacqueyras Cuvée St Roch from Le Clos des Cazaux, a Grenache based blend with 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. It is one of the finest Rhône wines we have under £20 a bottle. This wine speaks of its terroir, it has such incredibly pure red fruit and is deliciously spicy and vibrant on the palate. There is no hint of excessive winemaking techniques, the wine feels very natural in its own skin. Jean-Michel says without doubt it is ‘’his best vintage he has made since 2001’’.
Le Difese (70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Sangiovese) needs little introduction and in the great 2016 vintage it is very good indeed. Difese is the first wine you will encounter when tasting at Sassicaia in Bolgheri (followed by Guidalberto and the flagship wine Sassicaia). This is their entry level cuvée and is always exceptional value. The palate is mid-weight, fresh and immensely drinkable. Highly recommended.