Review Round-up (Winter 2023) - 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 for the last few months and a final round up of 2023. With Christmas approaching its great to see so many of our sparkling wines receive praise and our wines being enjoyed by the critics and our wonderful customers alike.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


 

Granbazán Don Álvaro de Bazán Albariño DO Rías Baixas 2020: A lovely green character: gooseberry and lime aromas with a touch of smoke and spice. Flinty and mineral, very elegant and poised, racy acidity that is still tightly wound. A vibrant expression of fresh herbs with a long mineral finish. 93 pts Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter magazine (Oct ’23)

Granbazán Don Álvaro de Bazán Albariño, DO Rías Baixas 2020: Produced in what Diego Ríos calls the “textbook” 2020 vintage on Granbazán’s Finca Tremoedo estate in Vilanova de Arousa, this uses a combination of stainless steel and foudre ageing. Effortlessly perfumed, textured and bright, it combines pear and citrus fruit aromas, racy acidity and an undertone of cinnamon spice. Beautifully balanced. 94pts, Tim Atkin MW ‘Rías Baixas 2023 – Special Report’

 

Valmiñor, Albariño, Rías Baixas, 2022: Quite classic stone fruit nose, nutty, and floral notes with honeyed, fresh, green apple crispness. Lemony backbone, full of energy, lift and brightness with a balsamic, spicy finish. 91 pts Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter magazine (Oct ’23)

Valmiñor, Albariño, Rías Baixas, 2022: Sourced from four vineyards on schist soils in O Rosal, this pure Albariño spent six hourson skins to extract more flavour and terpenes, according to winemaker Álvaro Bueno. Ripeand full-flavoured, it has kiwi fruit, lime and nectarine flavours and a salty, stony undertone. 91pts, Tim Atkin MW ‘Rías Baixas 2023 – Special Report’

 

Boutinot ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux’, Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages 2020:  Delivers a warm wave of blackberry ganache, smoke and toasty cedar, hemmed in by robust tannins and savory notes of toasted anise and wild herbs. Full-bodied, dark and dense, this has many layers, with mineral verve bringing energy and length. Impressive.  91pts Wine Spectator

 

Tabalí PAI Pinot Noir, DO Valle de Limarí 2020: Elegant, graceful, restrained displaying aromas of red fruits and earthy notes. Tart red fruit with lovely crunch, firm but fine tannins and bright freshness. Savoury complexity as well as pleasant freshness on the finish. 90Pts Decanter Magazine (Nov 23)

 

Tres Picos Garnacha, Campo de Borja, 2020: Quite a chunky, rich style, with a good concentration of juicy fruit, a lick of spice and decent length, all at a good price. Global Grenache Taste-Off Harpers Magazine, (Oct 23)

 

 

Teliani Valley, Winery 97 Khikhvi, Kakheti, Georgia 2020: Honeyed nose of ripe peach and sweet citrus, with a touch of wax. Concentrated with depth on the palate, with honeydew melon, green citrus with refreshing acidity and a pinch of white pepper. Depth of dried peach and ripe melon follow to the finish. 90Pts Wines for the Week – Decanter (Nov ’23)

 

Boutinot, Les Six, Cairanne, Rhône, France 2022: Expressive, detailed, complex nose, layered with spices, herbs and berry fruits. Soft, juicy, approachable style that’s not overly tannic like so many 2022 Cairannes. Well balanced. Certainly firm, so give this a little time to settle. 90Pts Matt Walls Rasteau, Cairanne & Vinsobres 2022: Report and top-scoring wines,  Decanter (Nov’23)

 

Dominio de Atauta 2020: Dominio de Atauta’s biggest volume red is, pretty remarkably, a Tinto Fino that’s sourced from vineyards that are between 130 and 185 years’ old on clay soils over a limestone base. Dense, compact and intense, it has the classic garrigue aromas of the Soria sub-region of Ribera del Duero, lots of grip, damson, fig and mulberry fruit and well-handled 15% new wood. 93Pts, Tim Atkin MW ‘Ribera del Duero 2023 – Special Report’.

 

Parada de Atauta 2020: It says something about the age of Dominio de Atauta’s vines that Parada de Atauta uses grapes from the bodega’s youngest plots, planted in the 1930s. Lighter in style because of its sandy soils, this is savoury, spicy and appealingly Mediterranean in style, with notes of pine and rosemary and mulberry and red berry fruit. 92pts, Tim Atkin MW ‘Ribera del Duero 2023 – Special Report’.

 

Domaine J.Laurens Les Graimenous, AOP Crémant de Limoux 2021: Ripe peach, Bramley apple and yellow plums express themselves fully on the nose, the energetic bubbles creating a vortex of orchard fruit aromas. There’s a roundness and weight in the mouth, a creamy ripeness, some crème patissière and honeysuckle characters. Light bitter lemon rind spears through the finish and the full foamy mousse. 91Pts Winter party wines: Decanter (Nov ’23)

 

Giornata, Il Campo Rosso, Paso Robles, California 2021: A value-priced Italian ‘table red’ is defined as the archetypal attractive, drinkable and food-friendly wine. Sour-cherry red fruits and dried thyme herbs on the nose. The palate is framed with acidity and a hint of rusticity, perhaps a hat-tip to the Old Country. A straightforward wine fit for any table. 93Pts Paso Robles 2021: Vintage report: Decanter (Nov’23)

 

Domaine des Tourelles Vieilles Vignes Carignan 2019: Faouzi Issa has been making this 100% Cinsault from the domaine’s old vines since 2014. It has an enticing , smoky nose of red fruits with hints of garrigue and aniseed. Ripe and strikingly fresh in the mouth, it has a tangy, herby intensity. Great underlying structure with plenty of rich, slightly confit fruit, but also bright, elegant and balanced, with a surprisingly delicate quality. An excellent example of how expressive, even refined, Cinsault can be in Lebanon. Good value too, worth seeking out. 94Pts Lebanon’s New Wave – Decanter (Nov ’23)

 

Ferghettina, Milledì Brut, Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy 2018: Ferghettina collaborated with the University of Brescia to design a unique square-based bottle, intended to enhance the integration of autolytic flavours. 100% Chardonnay with 48 months on lees. Moreish candied lemon, nectarine and wet stone aromas reflecting perfect ripeness and richness. Creamy and silky, it concludes with a lovely citrus finish that leaves a lasting impression of grace, finesse and harmony. 94Pts Expert’s choice: Franciacorta – Decanter (Dec’23)

 

Henners, Rosé Brut, East Sussex, NV: This pale pink English sparkler made from Pinot Noir and Meunier is immediately evocative of ozone and sea spray with gentle notions of redcurrant. The mousse is very brisk and the style is bracingly, deliciously dry, uniting redcurrant and hedgerow fruit with vivid freshness and countering it with gentle Victoria sponge richness. Very light, bright and utterly appetising. 90Pts 25 Top Sparkling Buys – Decanter (Dec’23)

 

Altemasi Millesimato Spumante Brut, Trento DOC 2019: The name Altemasi is derived from the high-altitude farms that grow the grapes that go into this cooperative’s blend. Made from 100% Chardonnay grown at up to 650m, this is vividly fresh with ripe, juicy lemon and delicate overtones of summer blossom. The palate shows lively mousse and the exquisite briskness of Alpine heights. Very much a blanc de blancs style, full of brightness, light but textured with gentle wheat crust autolysis and a trace of creaminess from oak fermentation of a portion of the base wines. Elegant and fresh. 91Pts 25 Top Sparkling Buys – Decanter (Dec’23)

 

Wildeberg, Terroirs Cinsault, Wellington, South Africa 2022: From a single bush vine site in Wellington (planted 1974), the Franschhoek winery incorporated 30% whole-bunch fruit, imbuing a spicy-floral nose. Shaped by nine months in old 600L barrels, dark fruit from this warm area unfurls; black cherry, plum, cocoa lifted by a granitic seam of acidity and crunchy tannins to match. A slight herbal edge to finish rather refreshes.  94Pts Expert’s Choice: South African Cinsault – Malu Lambert – Decenter (Dec’23)


Granbazán Etiqueta Ambar Albariño, DO Rías Baixas 2022: An equal mix of own and purchased grapes, all from the Salnés Valley, this is an older vine cuvée from Granbazán that’s lees aged but entirely unwooded. Textured yet focused, it combines aromas of jasmine, hay and thatch with a palate of green apple, pear and lemon zest and appealing weight and length. Very well judged. 93pts, Tim Atkin MW ‘Rías Baixas 2023 – Special Report’.


Granbazán Limousin Albariño, DO Rías Baixas 2020: A wine that was ahead of its time in 1989, Limousin is less oaky now than it was then, with 20% new barrels in the mix. Subtle toast and vanilla spice flavours are complemented by plenty of zip and acidity, flavours of lime and fresh toast and the balance that’s a welcome feature of the wines made by young Chilean oenologist, Diego Ríos. 92pts, Tim Atkin MW ‘Rías Baixas 2023 – Special Report’.

 

Teliani Valley Glekhuri Kisi Qvevri [Amber Wine] 2020: Coppery gold. Beautifully modulated aroma that is not just those aromas of skin-fermented wines – orange, apricot and dried grasses – but also a hint of something floral and the freshness of quince – in other words the variety is making its character known even with this winemaking style that marks wines so much. Finely tannic. A good introduction to qvevri wine. Long, smoky in the aftertaste and nicely chewy. 16.5Pts Julia Harding MW writing in Jancis Robinson.com

 

Teliani Valley Winery 97 Unfiltered Saperavi 2020: Deep, saturated, blackish purple with purple rim and black core. Invitingly fragrant and open. Peppery aroma of non-sweet dark fruit, more elderberry than blackberry. A touch of spice. Elegantly dry, extremely fine tannins, very dry but not at all drying, like many layers of tissue paper, leaving your mouth with the clean, dry feeling of really dark chocolate (though there is no chocolate flavour, it’s like dark chocolate only in the texture). So refined in its dry tannic purity, and very long. This is a conundrum because it is scented with dark fruit on the palate and while it is not an overtly fruity wine, it is all about the fruit and the brilliantly managed tannins. Dry, pure, elegant and long. Proves that a red wine does not need any oak influence to be a fine wine. Should age well, too. 17Pts Julia Harding MW writing in Janice Robinson.com

 

Teliani Wine People Asuretuli Shala 2018: Very dark crimson. Warm, rich spicy aroma of black fruits but more wild blackberry than cultured blackcurrant. Chewy tannins make this a meal in itself. A wine full of heart and soul as well as intensely flavoured despite the low alcohol. Starting to show a meaty/leathery note of bottle age. Definitely needs food. The label suggests roast chicken, tagine or pasta dishes but I would say red meats too. Attractively fresh bite on the finish that is as much tannins as acidity. Really characterful and definitely a winter wine. 16.5Pts Julia Harding MW writing in Jancis Robinson.com

 

Teliani Wine People Shavkapito 2019: Deep crimson, fragrant with dark-red fruit, openly aromatic and expressive but also with a slightly savoury side to it, suggesting a touch of reduction. Excellent freshness and energy, all tied into the firm but fine-grained tannins. Structure and fruit perfectly balanced and lots of flavour and intensity – and length – for a wine of just 12%. The back label suggests this would go well with lamb and spicy meat but I would avoid putting this with any that has a lot of chilli given the definite tannins. But perfect with roast lamb or even roast chicken with lots of herbs. 16.5Pts Julia Harding MW writing in Jancis Robinson.com

 

Uggiano Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018: Black cherries with blueberries and slate. Some dark chocolate. Black pepper, too. Medium-bodied with a solid core of chewy tannins and a flavourful, savoury finish. 93pts. JamesSuckling.com (December 2023)

 

 

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