Tasting Notes for the Evening's Wines
At this event we showcased six delicious wines that are new to our shelves in 2024, and that we're getting excited about. Here’s a handy reminder of the wines we all enjoyed; you can purchase them by following the links in the headings.
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We kick things off with light, bright, breezy white wine from the south of France. The producer, Domaine de Lastours, takes its name from the watchtowers that overlooked the Via Domitia, and the estate has grown vines since the Revolution era. This Roussanne-Vermentino blend shows crisp citrus, almond blossom and white peach with a saline mineral note.
Real Companhia Velha is the oldest wine company in Portugal, having recently celebrated 265 years of constant trading in Douro since 1756. Since 1960, it has been run by the Silva Reis family. This fabulous and interesting indigenous blend of Samarrinho and Cerceal shows notes of white fruit and citrus, and is fresh and textured with good acidity.
Vouvray is a classic style, and Domaine de la Rouletière are masters. Founded in 1914, it is owned by the Gilet family, winegrowers for five generations, cultivating 27-hectares of Ecocert-certified organic vineyard with utmost respect for the environment and terroir. This wine, made from oak-aged Chenin Blanc, is medium-dry with citrus, juicy peach, fresh apple and a moreish finish.
Santo Isidro de Pegões is based in the Península de Setúbal, and was founded in 1958. Today the cooperative is made up of 100 winegrowers, has access to over 1,200 hectares of vineyard, and in 2018 was awarded the Portuguese Wine Producer of the Year Trophy from the IWSC. This 100% Touriga Nacional is bold and opulent, with blueberry, plum and blackberry compote and toasty oak notes.
Edoardo Miroglio, an Italian textile manufacturer, decided to start producing wine in the Thracian Valley, and poached top Barolo winemaker Alberto Le Rosa – after he tasted the maiden 2004 vintage – to oversee his vineyards. This is a plush and expressive Bordeaux blend, bursting with red and blueberries and sprinkled with black pepper.
That's right: a red wine from Argentina that isn't Malbec! This amazing 'cellar reserve' Petit Verdot is from Bodegas Krontiras, founded in 2003 by Greek couple Constantinos and Silvina Krontiras, who acquired an 80-year-old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo. Their head winemaker is renowned Greek oenologist Panos Zouboulis, and his stunning creation here is full-bodied, deep and complex, showing blueberries, flowers and olives, with perfect acidity to balance the sweet tannins.