I could simply repeat what I wrote about the previous vintage of this wine. A humble, cheap little wine, but expressive and delicious, I love it.
Pure pleasure: Ferraton Père & Fils La Tournée Rouge 2020
Just a €7 syrah-grenache from the Languedoc, but so enjoyable that I’m tempted to call it the wine of the month.
Outstanding monastrell: Los Frailes Caliza 2020
Monastrell means great value, the wines in the €7-8 range almost always over-deliver (see here and here for example). However I find the pricier ones less reliable. But here is an exception, the Caliza 2020 from Bodegas Los Frailes is a step up in quality and still has a good QPR.
Yet another great value monastrell: Paraje Marín Bruma 2020
A new discovery for me. I tasted many monastrells in recent years, but not a single one from this producer – a big mistake. Compared to the previous two monastrells on this blog, this shows yet another face on the variety. And what a lovely wine it is.
Great value, as usual – Castano Hecula Monastrell Organic 2020
Bodegas Castano’s Hecula is an old favourite of mine, yet this is the first time for me to taste the organic version. It’s a bit different compared to the previous vintages, I wonder if the winemaking has changed, too, not just the grape cultivation method.
Supermarket wines: Lidl’s Corte Alle Mura Chianti Riserva 2018
Such a reliable wine. Although the 2019 is already released, this 2018 might still be around, and it’s well worth the asking price.
Supermarket wines: Chateau Teleki Villányi Franc 2017
Such a classic Hungarian red. Widely distributed in the country, you can find it in many supermarkets, and I remember tasting it from the early 2000s. But I’m quite sure it was already made in 1997 – that would not be long history in France, but it is in Hungary.
Supermarket wines: Pierre Chanau Cotes de Bourg 2020
Yet one another superb everyday Bordeaux from Auchan. Probably no surprise that it’s a Cotes de Bourg, that appellation offers so much for little money.
Supermarket wines – Pierre Chanau Macon Red 2019
Some of the everyday wines I recently bought in Auchan weren’t that good (Versant Royal 2019, a Bordeaux Superior, declining, and the Pierre Chanau Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes 2020 too green and raw), but their range is still quite reliable. I enjoyed this Macon, too. Burgundy wines are hardly as cheap as this nowadays, yet it’s far better than just acceptable.
Standout kékfrankos: Takler Szenta-Hegyi 2018
Takler, one of Hungary’s biggest name in red wines has been improving in recent years. Less oak, more freshness and definition. I like the results. Continue reading