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Spain & Pays d'Oc from Jascots

by Tom Cannavan, 03/13

A selection of wines tasted at Jascots wine merchant's Spring tasting. Jascots is a leading importer and supplier of wines to the wine trade, especially London restaurants and independent wine merchants, but they also sell and ship to private individuals nationally via their web site, UK delivery is free on orders of £100 or more.

brandal This short report picks out three whites and three reds from the excellent range of Spanish wines and wines from the Pays d'Oc appellation of Languedoc in the south of France. Both areas produced some of the most interesting wines in the Jascots' line up on the day.

white wines

Maison Sabadie, Réserve White 2012, France
This little Pays d'Oc white has a touch of elderflower and passionfruit in a wine made from local Vermentino and Colombard, but which will appeal to Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. There's a herbal touch too, but it is dry, lemony and savoury on the palate. There's good texture and weight, a rounded fruitiness and fresh, lemon zest acidity. Nicely done. 85/100. £6.95

Adegas D'Altamira, Brandal Albariño 2011, Spain
From Rías Baixas, this has a lovely nose, flooded with ripe fruit and delicate notes of straw, honey and nuttiness, all packed with personality (not always the case with Albariño wines). The lovely aromas lead on to a pleasing palate, the ripeness and juiciness of the fruit is good - apple and citrus, but a hint of guava too - before the shimmering core of acidity. 89/100. £12.60

Mas de Madame, 'Elégance' 2006, France
Wow - quite a formidable nose on this sweet Vin de Pays d'Oc wine with its floral and super-ripe scents matched by a cetain leafiness and intense herb and citrus quality. Really intense, striking palate with complex notes of Botrytis and truffle in the background. Fabulous richness and sweetness, that leafy, nettly edge running through it, delicious against the creamy, fat and ripe quality of the fruit and copious vanilla. Big, packed with personality and beautifully balanced into the finish. 93/100. £16.60


red wines

Leval, Pinot Noir 2011, France
We see relatively few Pinots Noir from the Pays d'Oc, but the quality is steadily improving and the wines are less 'solid' and more aromatic than they used to be - which for Pinot Noir is a very good thing. This has gentle vanilla and a touch of truffle, with some spice and a little hint of tobacco and clove on the nose. Good fruit and a certain creaminess of texture to its medium-bodied palate, touches of cranberry and mineral, dry acid make this food friendly and a really good expression of Pinot Noir. 87/100. £9.65

Senorio de Sotillo, Ribera del Duero Reserva 2006, Spain
Big, minty, modern nose of chocolate and menthol, touched with such sweet and solid black fruit. Nice incense and Sandalwood exotic wood aromas. The palate is deliciously fresh and moreish, the dry, savoury, mouth-filling appeal of the copious fruit is easy to like, but this has weight, depth and structre and a lovely long à pointe finish. Mightily impressive, modern stuff. 92/100. £15.80

Cal Pla, Celler Joan Sangenis Priorat Crianza 2007, Spain
Lovely, open, and maturing nose, nicely developed and giving with a leafy, mellow edge to the black fruit which is suffused with woodsmoke and cedar. There's loads of sweetness and ripeness here, black fruits and incisive coffee-soaked, plummy richness. Just a big, bountiful and delicious mouthful that simply brought a huge smile to my face. 91/100. £15.80