Stylish – Ch de Fonbel 2015 St-Émilion

A merlot of good provenance, from a good vintage, at just about affordable price but safely above the danger zone. The owner is Alain Vauthier of Ch Ausone fame, the region is St-Émilion, the vintage is the first „vintage of the century” since 2010, the price is around €30. With the 2016 Ch Pey la Tour failing to cut the mustard and thus losing the title of the cheapest visual aid for „Bordeaux for Dummies” courses, Fonbel is a good candidate to fill the vacancy. “Stylish – Ch de Fonbel 2015 St-Émilion” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Sweet Little Sin – Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2017

Officially Rioja but shows no resemblance to the standard style – this is a garnacha fruit bomb, not a savoury, elegant tempranillo. Rioja Baja, where the grapes come from is closer to Navarra both in terms of climate and varietal selection than to the „real” Rioja (Alta & Alavesa). Vendimia started out as a carbonic macerated young wine but since then seems to have grown in stature. “Sweet Little Sin – Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Mencía tour de force – Palacios Petalos 2016

Winner of the latest Decanter mencía panel test (March 2019 issue). Not having tasted the other 88 contestants, my approval is hilariously unfounded but this time I can easily believe that it’s the best (having tasted quite a few panel test winners over the years this is the exception rather than the rule). It also made it to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2018. “Mencía tour de force – Palacios Petalos 2016” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Integrity unharmed – Vida La Vida 2013

The new Vida labels are works of art

I’m not sure I’ve tasted a single Hungarian red from 2013 that I was happy with (or for that matter from 2015). I know that in Szekszárd it was long spells of rain in September that ruined an otherwise promising vintage so I wasn’t really expecting the Vidas to come out with their top wine. “Integrity unharmed – Vida La Vida 2013” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése