Before we get into reviewing this excellent case from ‘Wickhams Great British Wine Merchant’ I’ve got to give a shout out to the excellent packaging the bottles came in. Not usually how I start a wine review but I have to say it’s probably the best-packed wine I’ve ever had delivered, you could probably drive a tank over it without causing a dent! Also, the box is fully compostable and recyclable whilst still remaining incredibly strong and with the newly printed company logo, it looks pretty cool as well.
So off to a good start but does the wine inside live up to the quality of the packaging, well, read on to find out……
This ‘Classic Mixed Case’ is around until the end of December 2021 but after that, all will still be available to buy as single bottles.
Chateau Buisson – Redon 2018
The last time I reviewed this wine I was going through a phase of tasting some pretty mediocre Bordeaux’s. I remember thinking I was never going to find anything resembling a good affordable claret, that was until I tasted the 2016 Buisson Redon and my faith was restored. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found this 2018 bottle in the ‘Classic Case’ to make a comparison.
On their website, it states that this is a ‘Proper Bordeaux’ and I wouldn’t dispute that, neighbouring the Fronsac Region this bottle just does what it says on the tin. This is a nice and friendly Bordeaux, full of rich blackberry, plums, slightly earthy, with hints of tobacco, chocolate, leather. Tannins and oak are there but integrated and nicely balanced, it also has a nice kick of acidity to keep it fresh.
If you want a good quality Bordeaux that won’t break the bank then try this. Is it as good as the 2016 I tried a while ago? well, I would have to say, it’s on a par and well worth the tenner, I tipped many twice that price down the sink.
Casali Del Barone 150+ Bianco. Langhe 2019
Off to Northern Italy for the next wine and this lovely example of how good they make whites in an area famed for reds. This is predominantly Chardonnay with a splash of Arneis giving it a hint of something perfumy.
Initially lots of crisp lemon and grapefruit along with some ripe pear and a touch of tropical fruits such as pineapple, peach and nectarine. Aged on Lees but the creaminess was fairly subdued although it was there. The 10% addition of Arneis gave it a very aromatic flavour, there was a little touch of bitterness on the finish but didn’t detract from what is an excellent wine.
It’s different but nonetheless enjoyable, this will appeal to many and the bottle looks great as well.
Prisma Organic Monastrell 2020
Big heavy bottle for what is a big bold muscular wine, Monastrell (aka Mouvedre) doesn’t disappoint if you are into rich heady reds. It’s high in alcohol 14.5% abv, full-bodied and packs a punch.
Stewed dark fruits, ripe and opulent, figgy with some spice and fairly hefty tannins. Lots of black pepper but still has a freshness, finishes with an appealing sweetness
I love big Spanish wines and I loved this Organic red from the hillside slopes of Jumilla, Murcia , drink it with some hearty food and you won’t be disappointed.
Gatito Loco Organic Blanco 2020
Gatito Loco, the crazy cat and a brilliant looking label. Rioja Blanco is still very much under the radar with the more common reds usually getting the limelight but this unoaked white version definitely deserves star billing.
With a blend of Viura and Tempranillo Blanco, this is a crisp vibrant white, stone fruits and a citrus edge, with a hint of something more tropical, notably mango in the background, there is also a hint of honey. No oak here just a fresh bright taste but still having some texture, my guess is it’s probably seen some lees.
Another modern-style Spanish offering that ends up being a very enjoyable versatile white. Nice !
La Ruchette Dorée, White Cotes Du Rhone 2018
Over to France now and a White Cotes Du Rhonemade up of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Clairette. My first thoughts were how delicate this was with the Grenache providing the fruit and the Marsanne, Clairette giving body and riper flavours.
Very aromatic on the nose almost floral, first sip there are lemons and orange peel along with apricot and honey. There is also a lovely creaminess about it which may appeal to Chardonnay lovers, some sweetness comes through on the finish, left to warm up a bit the flavours intensified.
Lovely wine for sipping on its own, just don’t overchill it.
Molinillo Malbec, Mendoza
Last but not least an Argentinian Malbec that tastes like an Argentinian Malbec although maybe a little more subtle, lots of dark ripe juicy fruits here, fairly muted tannins and a touch of oak, give this a lovely body with flavours of plums, cherry, vanilla, white pepper and chocolate.
Still retaining bright acidity keeping it fresh-tasting, this was pretty decent, crying out for a nice steak to eat with it which unfortunately I didn’t have but it was equally good enough to drink on its own.
Well, there you are, my final thoughts are this is a very decent case indeed with none of the wines there just to make up the numbers, all have their merits and all are well made. As I said earlier the wines are available as a case until the end of December 2021 after that they will be on their website as single bottles.
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