Review Round-up (April 24) - Boutinot
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What's been said about our wines...

 

We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t!

That said, it is always nice when someone else recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it…

Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!


 

The Listening Station Malbec 2022; Scented and very ripe, with a bit of tension on the end. One of the rare wines here that’s good value! 16 Pts Jancis Robinson writing on JancisRobinson.com

 

Amaluna Organic Sparkling Wine, DO Valle de Casablanca [Organic] NV; Green apples, chalk, white almonds, nori and a touch of sourdough bread. Medium-bodied on the palate with fresh citrus and generous fruit. A note of sweetness at the end balances the high acidity. 91 Pts  from JamesSuckling.com

 

Bodegas Menade, Adorado de Menade NV 

A wonderful example of one of the almost-forgotten traditions of Rueda, made in the Sanz family’s own interpretation of a solera, whose origins date back to 1967. A blend of Verdejo with Palomino Fino that’s fortified after completing spontaneous fermentation, it’s an oxidative, Sherry-like non-vintage wine, with toasty oaky notes, dried fruits and a hazelnutty finish. Organic. 93 Pts Beth Willard, Decanter Magazine, March ’24

Richard Sanz resurrected his family’s solera system that was almost destroyed in a flood in 1967. He reactivated the solera in 2018 which was established in 1900 and was a historical part of his family’s wine heritage. This is a blend of Verdejo and Palomino, picked later to achieve higher levels of alcohol, and once fermented and fortified, it is aged under a flor that remains all year round. An enticing mix of candied fruit and spice with earthy, white truffle and umami, the wine is complex and another elegant reflection of the region’s past. 94 Pts Tim Atkin Rueda 2024 Top 100 Report 

 

Viñas del Cenit Field Blend Bonales, DO Tierra del Vino de Zamora 2022; Need a wine for a good bit of grilled meat? This is the match! Very close to the border with Portugal, these vines are 80-100 years old, growing above 750m. Mostly Tempranillo but, again, other varieties are present in these traditional, co-planted farms. Blueberry, dark berries and peppery spice with noticeable high-altitude acidity. Approachable, authentic and great value. 92 Pts Beth Willard, Decanter Magazine, March ’24

 

Naiades Verdejo (barrel fermented), DO Rueda 2019; A classy wine from small, old-vine parcels in some of the best sites of Rueda: La Seca, Matapozuelos, Orbita and Nieva. It is elegant and fine but not lacking in intensity with stone fruit and fennel on the palate. The oak is perfectly integrated and adds lift with balsamic and savoury notes. There’s great tension in this wine which underpins its ageing potential, as well as serious depth and structure from complex, ancient soils. 96 Pts Tim Atkin Rueda 2024 Top 100 Report 

 

Bodegas Naia, Naia Verdejo, DO Rueda 2022: 25 – 45 year old bush vines of a Segovian Verdejo clone provide the grapes for the “entry” wine from Bodegas Naia. The nose is quite discreet and subtle but the palate reveals beautiful peach and apricot fruit, as well as some monte bajo and herbal notes. Mostly fermented in stainless steel but some use of foudre (30%) frames the wine and adds some richness on the palate. A salty, peppery finish. 93 Pts Tim Atkin Rueda 2024 Top 100 Report 

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