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(2022) The dry white wine of the famous Sauternes estate of Suduiraut is composed of 52% Semillon and 48% Sauvignon Blanc from 20-year-old vines, the wine matured in barrels, 25% of which were new. There's a nutty layer of smoothing, barrel-derived aroma over lemony and punchy citrus fruit. In the mouth this has a tempered, rather imperious character, the cool fruit taut and concentrated, its time in barrel just easing the edges, and a core of lean lemony acidity just allowing glimpses - only glimpses - of something more exotic, like guava and lychee, just waiting in the wings. An interesting and layered wine this, that might well blossom more fully with a year or two in bottle.  
(2022) On organic certified wine, fermented and aged in large, old wooden vats. The grapes are grown on soils of clay and limestone. There's a stony,  mineral cool on the nose, hints of a burgeoning peachiness beneath. In the mouth this is intense and substantial stuff - 14.5% alcohol contributes to that, but so too does the fruit concentration and mouth-filling texture, before a pithy, waxy land lemony acidity extends the finish.
(2022) From an excellent vintage, French-owned L'Avenir has produced a really lovely Chenin in 2020. From a mix of old bush vine and younger fruit, there are tropical nuances to the aromas, real juiciness of the exotic, with pineapple and mango, some honey, but a little citrus steel at the core. Such a flood of ripe, limpid and juicy fruit on the palate, but really well tempered by the acidity that slices through the sweetness and texture of the fruit.
(2022) A sumptuous style of Pinot this, brimming with the ripe fruit of California, bramble and nicely ripe red and black berries, but exotic too, Sandalwood and perfumed spices moving into floral notes. The fruit becomes more piquant and cherry-ripe with a little air. On the palate there is masses of sweetness and intensity, real concentrated and firm-edged black fruit, hints of bitter dark chocolate and spiciness to spare. Juicy but tart and mouth-watering plumskin grip from tannins and fine liquorice acidity adds some cut and thrust too. A relatively large-scaled Pinot, but very nicely made indeed.
(2022) A Cru vineyard Barolo from a warm vintage, this was aged six months in barrique before being transferred to 2,000-litre Slavonian oak casks for a further 24 months prior to bottling. The soft ruby core moves to brick on a broad rim, and the nose is mellow and developed, a little truffle and rose perfume over ripe autumnal hedgerow berries. Tobacco and a touch of Sandalwood underpin. In the mouth the wine flatters with creamy and soft mature fruits, but then a bit of the steely core is revealed, with very firm tannins and plenty of juicy acidity to enliven the more giving fruit of the mid-palate. A tough one to judge, but I think this still feels youthful and as though there is the balance there for considerable ageing potential.
(2022) A blend of indigenous, historic varieties Garró and Querol, rehabilitated by Torres, plus Garnacha, Cariñena and Monastrell from slate soils, aged in all new French oak. A deep, liquorice and firm blue/black fruit nose of damson and blueberry, a supple creaminess is evident. On the palate wonderfully ripe and sweet black fruit fills the mouth, silky and layered with such fine, creamy tannins and juicy plum and raspberry acidity. Delicious and age-worthy.
(2022) A lovely Prosecco this, biodynamic and fermented with natural yeasts, the fruit comes 40 to 50-year-old vines. Extra Brut with only a fe grammes of residual sugar, it's a super clean, super fresh style, taut and lean (in a very good way), hinting at frwsh-sliced pear on the nose and palate, riven with crunchy and tart apple acidity, and a really lo Ely, precise wine. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2022) With fewer than 3,000 bottles produced this is a blend of Torres best Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from their Agulladolç vineyard, matured for 18 months in new French oak barrels. Deep ruby to crimson in colour, the nose is suffused with black fruits and spices, a graphite and cedar quality, a little hint of olive herbaceousness adding a lovely elegance and lift. In the mouth there is plenty of creamy, firm, quality oak giving a light balsamic touch to the copious black fruit. That sweet fruit flood the mid-palate, before ripe, fine but firm tannins and excellent, very natural feeling acidity gives balance. A very classy rendition of Bordeaux style, done with great aplomb.
(2022) From vineyards on the hillside of Santo Stefano at 350 metres altitude, this is Extra Dry with around 15g/l of residual sugar. Pouring a pale green/yellow, the nose is delicate, precise and gently floral, leading onto a palate of notable sweetness, the gentle mouse and ripe, sliced pear aroma and flavour staying soft and attractively ripe and sweet, a pithy underpinning of acidity giving balance and enough freshness in the finish. Quite concentrated in terms of flavour. No UK retail listing at time of review, though stock a couple of other cuvées from this producer.
(2022) A single vineyard wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon that has long been the signature of Torres' ultra-premium range, first made in 1970. The wine is a vineyard selection of fruit, fermented in stainless steel tanks and oak foudres, then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new oak. It's a very fragrant cassis-laden Cabernet, a sense of polish and precision, the oak taut and adding gloss rather than any overt toast or smokiness. There's a subtle hint of more herbaceous olive. Beautifully ripe and mouth-filling fruit, but there is a welcome touch of austerity too, with vivid acidity and fine but gripping tannins giving a firm texture which, against the succulent black fruit, builds spicy tension in the finish. Very good and cellar-worthy.