Majestic Wine Buyer Matt Pym shares his love for Spanish wines and highlights a pair of producers from Rioja, and cult favourite Ribera del Duero…
I discovered – and fell in love with – Spanish wine many years ago, so it came as no surprise to me when Spain overtook both France and Italy last year to become the world’s biggest producer of wine. I love the extraordinary range of tastes and textures, and the incredibly high standard emerging from the country, especially in recent years. If Rioja is where your heart lies, there are plenty of excellent examples to choose from. I personally believe that finding a producer’s style that you like is more valuable than knowing how much oak and bottle ageing you prefer.
Rioja Producer Profile – CVNE
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) was founded in 1879 and is still family owned. It has three bodegas, each with its own winery and winemaker, and with quite distinct philosophies and styles. Consistently good quality and a firm staff-favourite – in fact, CVNE’s Rioja Crianza is one of the few wines that we’ve stocked since day one, when Majestic Wine was founded.
Of course, Spanish wine is definitely not just about Rioja anymore. There are stunning wines emerging from other regions. For example, take the fresh, crisp whites of coastal regions and the dark, powerful reds of Ribera del Duero, which offer incredible value for money.
Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region, but there are plenty of other distinguished regions, some of which are definitely producing hidden gems. One of my personal favourites is Ribera del Duero, and especially the wines from the Emilio Moro estate. So I’m delighted we can currently offer you their Finca Resalso 2013 which is new to our range this season.
Ribera del Duero Producer Profile – Cillar de Silos
Cillar de Silos is a family-owned wine producer, specializing in Tempranillo. Uncompromising winemaking principles have made Cillar de Silos a cult producer in the area – the Oxford Companion to Wine calls it a ‘leading challenger’ to the title of maker of the very finest wines of Ribera del Duero.
Thanks Matt! Discover more wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero in Majestic’s full Spanish range online here.