Wines of the Week: Lagar de Costa Albariño, Rias Baixas, 2011; Errazuriz Reserva Carmenère 2011; Laurent Miquel Vendanges Nocturnes Cinsault – Syrah Rosé 2011
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 05 August 2012
Lagar de Costa Albariño, Rias Baixas, 2011
From 60-year-old vines grown on the Atlantic-facing slopes of the Rias Baixas area of north-west Spain, where the climate is more like Cornwall than the Mediterranean, this Albariño is smooth and intense. With flavours of lemon, pears and a touch of unripe banana it is the pick of a new strand of European whites being launched by The Wine Society. If you can't find the native percebes from Galicia, drink with any fine shellfish or crustacea. £11.50, thewinesociety.com
Errazuriz Reserva Carmenère 2011
Exceptionally good-value demonstration of what has become Chile's signature grape – medium to full bodied, spicy, smoky, with masses of deep dark fruit flavours, chocolate and coffee notes and yet all remaining nicely fresh and clean on the palate, with a finish to savour. Remarkably drinkable, particularly with, say, some simple Middle-Eastern-flavoured grilled chicken or lamb. £8.49, Wine Rack; £6.99 (each for two bottles as part of a purchase of six mixed bottles), majestic.co.uk
Laurent Miquel Vendanges Nocturnes Cinsault – Syrah Rosé 2011
The next few weeks could be a great time to pick up some rosé bargains such as this, as supermarkets clear stocks unsold because of the terrible weather in the spring and early summer. Beautifully balanced between fragrant berry fruit and touches of spice, this comes from an ancient estate on the hillside north of Béziers, the grapes night-harvested to ensure freshness. Drink with young soft cheeses, fish or fresh fruit. £5.99 (until 14 August; normally £7.99), Waitrose
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