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Exhibition Mixed Case
Galicia’s cool Atlantic climate produces crisp, mouthwatering wines which are elegant and restrained. This is the home of albariño, the country’s distinctive high-quality grape making delicately poised peach-flavoured wines that perfectly match the exquisite local seafood. This flagship example is made for The Wine Society by Pazo de Señorans, a beautiful estate with a long history of producing albariño in Rías Baixas. The 2013 has lively citrus fruit and a hint of minerality, with amazing precision.
Our very first Exhibition red from Portugal comes from the historic Quinta do Vale Meão estate in the Upper Douro (Douro Superior), bought in 1877 by the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, who transformed the upper Douro and is widely recognised for the success of the port trade at that time. The estate is still owned and run by her descendants and today it is at the forefront of fine red wine production in the Douro: the first wines, of the 1999 vintage, were released in 2001. 2011 was only the second universally declared port vintage since 2003, and, just as it was a great year for fortified wines, so it was for Douro reds: the perfect opportunity to invest in our first Exhibition Douro. The wine is fragrant, elegant and complex, with a fine tannin quality and the lovely freshness which comes from high altitude vineyards.
Château Beaumont is in the commune of Cussac between Saint-Julien and Margaux, and well known to members for making approachable, smooth wine with sweet fruit and no little class. The 2011 was a real success with plenty of black-fruit, a smooth palate and lovely freshness. Although very approachable now, this will keep well over the next few years.
Tense, firm wine, more mineral than fruity, with pure crystalline flavours and very long refreshing palate. Part-barrel fermented. Moreish and designed to partner food. Decant 20 minutes before serving.
Peumo is located in Chile's relatively warm Cachapoel Province, 140 km south of the capital Santiago and the source of this rich, plummy and satisfying merlot. The 12 months spent in barrel impart a smooth, velvety texture and hints of spice that complement the dark, ripe fruit perfectly. This is a favourite among members, fittingly so when the quality and depth of The Society's Chilean range has regularly been recognised in the International Wine Challenge.