Every month our wine expert, Lance, chooses three new brilliant organic wines for you to try. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the thought occurs to us that with wine as with love, nothing ventured means nothing gained. This month’s wine club celebrates the joy of taking a chance with three superb grapes you may never have tried before.
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Monday 20th February
Monday 27th February
Mont'Albano Grillo 2015, Organic
Tasting notes: Grillo is a grape native to Sicily, best known for making Marsala wines. These days it’s a rising star in its own right, with its enchanting combination of lemon and bitter almonds.
From the estate: Mont’Albano; producers of an amazing range of wines, was established in North-Eastern Italy in 1985. They have expanded to include regions such as Sicily, whilst maintaining their commitment to organic winemaking.
Pure Egiodola, Domaine de Brau, Organic, 2013
Tasting notes: Egiodola is a very rare and thick-skinned grape variety. Its name is a contraction of two Basque words meaning “True Blood” and its idiosyncrasies have been mastered at Domaine de Brau to give a very ‘fleshy’ wine with plum and red cherry flavours. Best enjoyed with hearty winter foods, after opening early.
From the estate: An unpretentious estate in the Languedoc that has created a fantastic range at honest prices through organic farming and low-intervention winemaking. The sunny vineyards ripen the grapes perfectly, without some of the jammier, stewed fruit flavours that can be found in wines from hotter areas.
Tannat 2014, Petit Roubie (75cl)
Tasting notes: Tannat is the grape variety here, grown in South-West France. It makes a full-bodied red with powerful dark fruit flavours and lovely firm tannins, making it a great wine to enjoy with rich, grilled meat dishes.
From the estate: Owners since 1981, Floriane and Olivier Azan produce a range of certified organic wines centred around the famous Languedoc region of Picpoul de Pinet at their idyllic Domaine de Petit Roubie winery
Have a glass with Chilli & Cinnamon Beef Broth
L'Ecuyer de Couronneau Bordeaux Superieur 2015 (75cl)
Nuevo Mundo Carmenere (75cl)
Purity of fruit is the overriding aim here, achieved through low-intervention,
organic wine making. There is no use of oak, giving the wine a lovely sense of
delicacy, despite the full, fruity new-world flavour. The Maipo region of Chile is
one the best areas for growing red grapes. Nuevo Mundo make the most of it, by
making well structured wines that express the full potential of this region. This
wine is also fully certified as Carbon Neutral. Serve with Italian and Mediterranean flavours.