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Wine behind the label

Thursday 1st August 2013 - By David Moore

Wine behind the labelAs well as writing the wine guides España Vino and the soon to be published Le Midi Vin, David Moore is also one of the original co-authors and joint editors of Wine behind the label, a definitive guide to the worlds best wine producers.

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Wines and wineries of the week: Domaine Rotier

Thursday 1st August 2013 - By David Moore

Domaine Rotier - Gaillac

To give you a taste of what to expect in our new southern French guide, Le Midi Vin, we are doing several French as well as Spanish wine and winery blog reviews.

This is one of the better properties in the Gaillac appellation in South-West France. Gaillac is situated just to the north of Toulouse with vineyards on both the left and right banks of the river Tarn. The appellation is also noteworthy for a very diverse range of wine styles and a number of rare indigenous grape varieties. Reds, whites and rosés are all made and styles include dry, medium dry and sweet as well as some unusual sparklers.

Red and white are made from the 35 hectares farmed at Domaine Rotier and the property is an important source of top quality reds. Entry level wines take the Initiales label while more serious wines are labelled Gravels and Renaissance. Reds and whites under both brands are full of character and the whites include a richly flavoured sweet white “Renaissance Doux”.

Pride of place in the range though goes to the classy premium L’Âme red. The dark, spicy and nervy 2009 comes from the rare Duras and Braucol varieties which are planted on finely drained gravel terraces. It is a wine of rich texture and possessing an edgy minerality. Oak influence is minimised, with ageing in 400 litre barrels, just 20% of which are new.

2009 Gaillac – L’Âme rouge – 90pts /100

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Wines and Wineries of the Week

Thursday 1st August 2013 - By David Moore

Mar de Envero – Rias Baixas

AlbarinoThe Mar de Envero bodega was founded in 2007 by two partners, winemaker Miguel Angel Moreira who is a native of the area and Breixo Reymóndez. They produce two impressive and approachable whites both from the Albariño variety (check “Grapes” for more details).

After harvesting and pre-vinification the pressed fruit gets a cold soak to enhance primary fruit aroma and then this is followed by a cool fermentation and ageing on fine lees in stainless steel.

The Troupe is the more approachable of the two. In 2011 it was ripe and aromatic with opulent passion fruit and fresh, balancing acidity. The top wine, the Mar de Envero is more structured. The 2010 not only offered an impressive depth of zesty, peachy fruit but an intense mineral quality also.

2010 Rias Baixas – Mar de Envero – 89pts/100 – price guide - £15-17/$27-30 (locally a little less).  

2011 Rias Baixas – Troupe – 87pts /100 – price guide - £12-14/$23-26 (locally a little less).  

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New wine shopping links for wines and wineries

Friday 26th July 2013 - By David Moore

We have been a little quiet recently on the blog but we will be bringing you a series of interesting and diverse wine and winery reviews as well as other features in the coming weeks, so check back regularly. If you haven’t yet followed us on Facebook and Twitter it’s worth doing so to keep abreast of everything.

An upcoming feature in the autumn in the 2nd edition of our España Vino and 1st edition Le Midi Vin wine guides will be interactive wine shopping links for all wineries profiled via the Wine Searcher wine merchant database.

All wines and wine producers reviewed in blog pieces will also have shopping links included. We are also providing links for readers for all wineries reviewed earlier in the year. These are:

Valenciso – Rioja (27th March)
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Sedella Vinos – Andalucia (15th March)
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Loess – Rueda (4th March)
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Balvinar – Cigales (4th March)
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Wine of the Week: Valenciso - Rioja

Wednesday 27th March 2013 - By David Moore


The full name of this bodega is Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso and just one red and a single white are currently made, both of impressive quality. It was founded in 1998 by Carmen Enciso and Luis Valentín and is very much boutique in size and approach, just 100,000 bottles or so are made a year.

There are plots in 12 separate vineyards in the Rioja Alta, which are all farmed sustainably. Yields are kept in check and no more than 5 tons per hectare are harvested. A small modern winery facility was completed in 2006 and is well equipped with solely French barrels used for ageing.

The elegant Rioja Reserva Tinto from the 2006 vintage is now extremely drinkable with a nicely rounded, supple texture and impressively intense notes of dark cherry and ripe berry fruits with finely judged restrained hints of creamy oak in the background. The Tempranillo fruit is all hand harvested and the individual plots picked at optimum maturity. Vinification is in concrete vats and then ageing is for 16 months in French oak, a third new. The wine is then further settled for a year in concrete tanks before bottling.

An excellent citrus infused white is also made. In the 2011, Viura was blended with old Garnacha Blanco adding a rich texture and a restrained nutty character. Only made in tiny quantities it is sourced from very old vines planted in clay-limestone soils. Barrel-fermentation is followed by 9 months ageing in French barrels.   

2006 Rioja – Valencisco Reserva Tinto – 91/100 – price guide - £18-20/$35-40 (locally a little less).  

2011 Rioja – Valencisco Blanco – 89/100 – price guide - £16-18/$30-35 (locally a little less).

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