Review Round-up (October '21) - Boutinot

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!


Horst Sauer Escherndorf am Lumpen 1655 Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2019: “Pale lemon-green. Savoury, herbal – sage and perhaps dill lead this – with spicy, lentil notes (again, like Franken Silvaner!) that give intriguing layers on top of the broad, citrus fruit core. Electric acidity brings drive and life through the mid palate – wow! Such drive! Drink 2025 – 2050. 18.5/20.” Tim Jackson MW, (17th Sept. 2021) 


Uggiano Chianti Riserva ‘Fagiano’ 2018*: ” …is packed with dark cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and spice. This rich, full-bodied Riserva delivers the goods in a forward, lush style that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. Drink 2023-2033. 90pts.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sept 2021) *we’re currently on 2017 in the UK, but have some 2018 in magnum


Uggiano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2019: ” … a bold, juicy wine. Succulent red cherry, plum, spice and tobacco race across the palate as this fleshy, inky Chianti shows off its considerable charms. The 2019 is not super complex, but it is immediate, bold and undeniably delicious. Drink 2021-2029. 89 pts.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sept 2021)


Domaine des Tourelles Vieilles Vignes Cinsault 2018: “Tasted blind. More of an oaked style of Cinsault, there’s a little dried fruit to the aromatics, fig and date, dried cherry. Medium-weight style, quite grippy, with forthright acidity. There’s a touch of orange rind that brings interest. Complex, intensely structural style. 92ptsMatt Walls, Decanter Magazine (28th Sept 2021) 


Domaine des Tourelles Vieilles Vignes Cinsault 2018: “A very attractive nose, blueberry with redcurrant and garrigue – very enticing. Plenty of herbal garrigue notes on the palate, rosemary and thyme with chalky delineated tannins. Also has some hefty power behind it. Slight gravelly meaty note on the finish. Lots going on here! 16ptsAlistair Cooper MW for (19th Oct 2021)


Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre Rosé 2020: “Low-yielding Mourvèdre (5 tons/hectare) pressed very gently whole bunch (juice yield 500 litres/ton). Wild ferment in large format oak. Pale coloured. Fresh, peppery and spicy on the nose, leading to a palate with some cherry and pear fruit, as well as a bit of lemon and some detailed peppery notes. This is really sophisticated with a juicy edge to the finely poised fruit. So expressive and elegant. 92/100” (20th Sept 2021)


Giornata Fiano 2020: “Expressive ripe yellow fruited nose of peach, apricot and honeysuckle. Immensely appealing stoniness too. The palate explodes with both tropical fruit and mineral intensity – real fireworks! Lovely stony core surrounded by pineapple and mango flavours – intense and directed through the mid palate and on to the finish. The acidity is succulent, the fruit is mouthwatering; the overall impression is beautifully vital. 93pts” Decanter Magazine (21 Sept 2021)


Selon Létang Cinsault 2020: “Youthful in colour – the nose suggests ripe wild strawberry with a distinct florality too. Ripe and youthful – wow – very different there is a sweetness here but perhaps more of a ripeness. Like candied red cherry, Parma violets and a smoky earthy note just behind it. Young and sweet but really interesting. 15.5ptsAlistair Cooper MW for (19th Oct 2021)


Menade Ecológico Verdejo 2020: “When you taste a good dry white Verdejo like this, with its citrus-peel snap, streaks of herb and peach, textural, almond nuttiness and suggestion of orange blossom, it makes you wonder why more growers aren’t trying it out around the world, especially as it’s relatively drought-resistant… among the keys to the character and quality of the wine are the selection of fruit, from particular parcels of vines aged 20-25 years growing at 700-800m asl in pebbly, clay-chalk soils; picking in three stages, each vinified separately with natural yeasts from the bloom of the grapes; a short period resting on lees; and the absence of oak – and indeed of Sauvignon Blanc, with which Verdejo is sometimes blended in Rueda. Both are superfluous here.” Joanna Simon’s ‘Wine of the Week’ (7th Oct 2021).

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