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Falcata Casa Gran by Pago Casa Gran, Valencia, Spain 2014

Falcata Casa Gran by Pago Casa Gran, Valencia, Spain 2014

I have banged the drum before about the remarkable value that can be found in Spain's less famous regions and this juicy, organic red from the Valencia D.O. in the southeast is another wonderful example.

Made from a blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Garnacha Tintorera, and aged in French oak for 12 months, it is monstrously good for £12.95 a bottle. Surely the Spanish are going to start putting their prices up soon!?

Offered: March 2017.

Price was: £12.95.

Alcohol: 14% abv.

Tasting Notes: Ripe, dark cherry fruit, aromas of toasty oak, coffee, leather and a touch of peppery spice. It is medium bodied with easy tannins and a lovely freshness courtesy of the cool nights in these high vineyards.

Drinking window: It is perfect for drinking now, but will age well over the next 5 or so years.

Food matching: Delicious with hard cheeses (Manchego would work well), and essential with butterflied lamb.

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Chateau Juvenal, La Terre du Petit Homme, Ventoux 2015

Chateau Juvenal, La Terre du Petit Homme, Ventoux 2015

The Ventoux appellation lies just to the east of the southern Rhône proper and produces rich, Rhône-style reds from Syrah and Grenache, often with an extra level of freshness thanks to the influence of Mont Ventoux – bane of the Tour de France cyclists.

The region has started to produce some first-class wines in the last decade or so, but prices are in most cases still very reasonable.

Château Juvenal is one of the small estates leading the charge, producing a handful of highly-rated organic wines under the guidance of winemaking legend Philippe Cambie.

The La Terre du Petit Homme is the top wine made here. It comes from the best old vines on the estate and is matured in oak barriques to add depth and complexity. It is rich and fruity with the balance and complexity of something much more expensive and was awarded a huge 93 points on www.robertparker.com - a massive score for a wine at this price.

Offered: March 2017.

Price was: £15.95.

Alcohol: 15.5% abv.

Vintage report: Yields of Grenache a little low, quality excellent though. A punchy vintage with rich, ripe and relatively high alcohol wines.

Drinking window: Delicious now but will age well over the next 5 or so years.

Food matching: Steak, hard cheeses, hearty stews.

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Chateau Juvenal, Les Ribes du Vallat, Ventoux 2015

Chateau Juvenal, Les Ribes du Vallat, Ventoux 2015

The Ventoux appellation lies just to the east of the southern Rhône proper and produces rich, Rhône-style reds from Syrah and Grenache, often with an extra level of freshness thanks to the influence of Mont Ventoux – bane of the Tour de France cyclists.

The region has started to produce some first-class wines in the last decade or so, but prices are in most cases still very reasonable.

Château Juvenal is one of the small estates leading the charge, producing a handful of highly-rated organic wines under the guidance of winemaking legend Philippe Cambie.

The Ribes du Vallat is their entry-level red and it is stop-you-in-your-tracks delicious. The emphasis is very much on the fruit (raspberries, cherries) and no oak is used. It is full-bodied, ripe and fresh and a serious bargain at this price.

Offered: March 2017.

Price was: £12.95.

Alcohol: 15% abv.

Vintage report: Yields of Grenache a little low, quality excellent though. A punchy vintage with rich, ripe and relatively high alcohol wines.

Drinking window: Delicious now but will age well over the next 3 to 4 years.

Food matching: This is very much a food wine, and would be a great match for beef stews, chargrilled steak, and hard sheep’s cheeses such as Pecorino or Ossau-Iraty.

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