Review Round-up (August-Sept '20) - Boutinot
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What's been said about our wines in the last month or two...

 

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!


CALIFORNIA

 

Nielson Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2017: “Fruit for this great-value Pinot is sourced from the cool Santa Maria Valley AVA, which gives perfumed red fruit, the gravelly soils of the Sta Rita Hills AVA (power and firm tannins) and the warmer Los Alamos region (ripe, dark fruit). It shows good intensity of strawberry and black plum fruit and appealing earthy, undergrowth notes, with subtle spicing from 10 month in French oak, 6% new.” Tina Gellie, Decanter Magazine August 2020.

 

CHILE

Tabali Talinay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017:Another Chilean wine that pushes the boundaries – Talinay is a coastal vineyard in the northern Limarí region with highly calcareous soils. This Pinot shows a full body and structure, with a touch of candle wax evolution, grippy tannin and fresh acidity. Complex and ambitious in a generous style.” Peter Richards MW, Decanter Magazine August 2020.


Signos de Origen Syrah ‘La Quebrada’ 2015Heady, serious nose – spice-led with roasted coffee, blueberry compote and earthy notes, with cocoa nib, leather, dried herbs and vanilla. Still surprisingly youthful powerful tannins with bags of smoke and blueberry, lots of verve and vibrancy with a long finish – there’s a lovely purity to the fruit and a eucalypt freshness on the finish. 17 pts. Alistair Cooper MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (20th August 2020)

 

Emiliana Coyam 2018This blend of mostly Syrah and Carmenère delivers such an interesting and agreeable range of flavours. Made from biodynamically grown grapes in the Los Robles vineyard in the Colchagua Valley, this wine manages to be dark and bold without being heavy. Blackcurrants meet white pepper with a hint of charred capsicums and toasty notes. It is spicy and daring, with textured tannins and a tense acidity that changes the weight of the wine.” 93 Points, Marina Gayan MW, Decanter Magazine (31st August 2020)

 

ENGLAND

 

 

Rude Mechanicals Vineyard Gin: Our Rude gin has won it’s first medal! It was a awarded an IWSC Silver Medal with 91 points, judges said “Pleasantly fresh yet full with prominent citrus and clear juniper gently touched by a light, woody note. Well-rounded and pleasing.” 

 

 

 

Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve 2018: If this is off-dry, then the acidity must be off the charts. It doesn’t taste remotely sweet! Floral and white stone fruit and would be delicate were it not for the needles of acidity that – a bit like really good but not vicious chillies – provide a level of pain that is unexpectedly and addictively moreish. Lemon and grapefruit, the lightest brush of lavender honey, some elderflower-cordial florality. 16pts. Tamlyn Currin, www.JancisRobinson.com (3rd August 2020)

 

FRANCE

Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles, Bandol Rosé [Organic]: “Mid-pale orange colour. Intensely fruity aromas with some red berries as well as caramelised citrus peel and kumquat. Some savoury saline lees. Still very youthful and could easily be kept. But delicious and complex. Terrific wine. Worth making a lobster bisque for.” 95 Points Rod Smith MW, Decanter Magazine (August 2020)

 

Château de Luc, Corbières Blanc [Organic] 2018:Perfumed and just a little crack of toasted nuts on the nose. Plum golden fruit and the lazy nod of pollen-heavy flowers on a hot day, but through this weight there is a fragrance of wild sage lifting it into a honey-sweet, citrus-sharp finish.” 16.5pts, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com (30th July 2020)

 

Château Fabre Gasparets, Corbières-Boutenac [Organic] 2017:It all comes together in the 2017 in an inviting nose of red cherries, aromatic and earthy spices, sandalwood, woodsmoke and stony freshness and in an impressively concentrated and complex palate with rich fruit and filigree tannins.” Joanna Simon’s ‘Wine of the Week’, www.joannasimon.com (13th August 2020) 

 

ITALY

Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose 2016: “Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Savoury, spicy and minerally and with hints of liquorice and with subdued fruit underneath that still needs to come out. Still closed but solidly built on the palate with a rich layer of sandpapery tannins. Intriguing and captivating and with lots of promise.” 17.5pts. Walter Speller, www.JancisRobinson.com (3rd August 2020)

 

JAPAN

Château Mercian: Chateau Mercian’s Mariko winery included in the Top 50 Wineries to visit in the world, it came in 30th place and was also awarded ‘Best Vineyard in Asia‘!

 

PORTUGAL

Vila Nova Alvarinho 2019: “Produced at the 17th-century estate, this is a ripe, creamy Alvarinho. Still young in a tangy citrus flavour, it is sure to develop well and round out to a rich wine. Drink from late 2020. Quintessential wines.” 90 points & Editor’s Choice. Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (5th August ’20)

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2017/18:This whole-bunch-fermented example maximises the aromatic potential of the variety, while avoiding the rough edges that supposedly bedevilled the variety in times past. The name of the wine refers both to the cool climate of the vineyard, and the fact that the wine suits being served chilled. Starting at around £11 (from $16/€13.50) this is one of my perennial best-value bottles.” Richard Hemming MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (29th July 2020)

 

SPAIN

Tim Atkins ‘Wine of the Week’ (7th August ’20): Naia Rueda Verdejo 2018: “Made from old vines grown at 750 metres in the village of La Seca, this is a brilliant value Verdejo from Bodegas Naia, which tastes every bit as good as it looks. Combining unoaked and lightly wooded components, both of them aged on their lees for four months, it has a winning combination of pear and citrus fruit framed by subtle oak spice and a taut, chalky, mineral-edged tang.” 93 points

 

 

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