Vintages to taste

For a tête à tête dinner, a meal with friends or just for companionable sharing. This is Anna Caidan's selection of vintages on no account to be missed
2019-04-01
Wine Review

C.V.N.E.

Imperial Gran Reserva, 2011, Spain

C.V.N.E. is one of the best Rioja domains. Its 2011 vintage, made from Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, is a wine with a beautiful intense red colour, elegant on the nose with superb spicy and woody notes. Already mature, with strong body and a beautiful structure, this vintage with round tannins is very complex and will age well. Great pairing with tapas, mutton couscous, cheese board (Manchego, goat cheese, Livarot).

CHATEAU KEFRAYA

Comte de M, 2013, Lebanon

A wine with a ruby colour of a good intensity from 40 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Syrah, 10 % Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan. It has a complex nose with aromas of stewed fruit, black olive, vanilla and tobacco. With these flavours found on the palate, added to this are scents of fresh mint, violet and liquorice. Comte de M shows a pleasant freshness with rich tannins. Offering ample texture, it lingers in a long finish. Pair deliciously with stuffed aubergines, lambs kidney on skewers, chocolate gateau.

PARPAROUSSIS

Reserve, 2013, Greece

Wine with a garnet colour from 100% Agiorgitiko, and a powerful nose that opens on aromas of incense, spices, plum and currants. Demonstrating a good liveliness, this red has fleshy tannins. On the palate, flavours of cherry jam, tea and candied prune, an ample body and a long finish. Pair deliciously with spiced Asian or eastern dishes, roasted lamb.

SALWEY

Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs 'Oberrotweiler Kirchberg' 2015, Germany

A great German wine with an intense ruby red colour with purple hues. The multi-faceted bouquet offers aromas of apple, raspberry, ripe cherry and herbs. Floral nuances of violet are added with notes of minerality, cep, liquorice and wood. On the palate, great balance between fruity flavours and well-proportioned woody notes, an inflexible structure, lots of body and a refined minerality. The infinite length shows the enormous potential of this vintage. Pair beautifully with morels omelette, home-made sauerkraut, black forest gateau.

TENUTA SAN GUIDO

Guidalberto, 2016, Italy

Guidalberto from Tenuta San Guido is dominated by Bordeaux varietals, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage promises a bouquet combining black and red fruits, with a touch of liquorice and woody notes. On the palate, the youthful wine bursts with intense berry and sweet spice flavours with a powerful stature that foreshadows a magnificent future. Delicious with omelette with truffes, beef Wellington or a cheese board.

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