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Spain

Great-value, outstanding Rioja and rejuvenated Ribera del Duero and Priorat

Great-value, outstanding Rioja and rejuvenated Ribera del Duero and Priorat

Spain is a hotbed of value. Thanks to its vast geography and reliable weather, inexpensive Spanish red wines (less than £8 per bottle) offer drinkers plenty of flavour for the money, in particular from the indigenous grapes tempranillo, monastrell, garnacha and cariñena. Higher up the ladder, the country is flexing its muscles when it comes to fine wine. Vintages from Rioja (aged before release) that are coming on stream are excellent: reservas from 2014 and 2015, gran reservas from 2010 and 2012. Producers in Ribera del Duero and Priorat are reining back on using new oak, allowing the wines to show their natural fruit intensity and flair, so expect to see more of these throughout the year.

For most Spanish regions there were climatic challenges to contend with in 2017 but the Galician whites, especially albariño, are very good.

Pierre Mansour
2018

Pierre Mansour

Pierre Mansour
Head of buying

2018



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