A selection of wines recommended and enjoyed by Charles Lea.
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2017 GRAN AUTÒCTON BLANC Autòcton Celler
Catalunya Spain 14% White
Macabeu, Malvasia de Sitges, Xarel lo, Xarel lo Vermell.
The top white here is from very, very old vineyards of Xarel lo, Xarel lo Vermell, Macabeu and Malvasia de Sitges, fermented and aged for 8 months in big French oak barrels and a small number of...(more info)L&S
2016 CROZES HERMITAGE Cuvée Albéric Bouvet Domaine Gilles Robin
Northern Rhône Rhône France 13% Red
Gilles makes his upper cuvée of Crozes with careful choice of fruit from his best areas and oldest vines, and the wine is given a judicious élevage in barrels, to make a substantial...(more info)L&S
2016 TOSCANA ROSSO IGT Podere Giodo di Carlo Ferrini
Tuscany Italy 13.5% Red
Nicely scented cherry, mint, earth, damson and touch of tobacco. Lovely glossy mouthfeel, really fine rich tannins, great acid backbone, lots of red fruits, then mocha, tobacco and earth.L&S
2011 LUPICAIA Castello del Terriccio
Maremma Tuscany Italy 14% Red
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.
There is evident heat to the fruit in the 2011 Lupicaia, but the balsam intensity or tertiary aromas also come through. The wine shows green notes of grilled herb and a sharper, more defined leve...(more info)Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com)
2017 XÉRICO Tentenublo
Alavesa Rioja Spain 14% Red
Deeper colour than the 'Tinto', a raw freshness, a hint of reduction, super-taut black fruit and sappy energy from whole bunch fermentation. It's 'sauvage' energy is captivating from now and beco...(more info)L&S
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