Sunday, August 15, 2010

A well-priced Rioja

We spotted this bargain in our local Co-op today and if you get in quick you can snap some up too. It's the Corte Mayor Rioja from the very decent Baron de Ley. We bought the 2005 vintage though my recent press release says it's the 2006 that's on offer - at £5.99 rather than the usual £8.99.

For those of you who are not familiar with Rioja classifications it's a crianza which means that it has to be aged in oak barrels for a year (as opposed to a reserva which must be aged for a total of 3 years with a minimum 1 year in barrel) So it's slightly fruitier and less oaky than an older Rioja but still very smooth and mellow. According to the importer, Bottle Green it's a 'confident wine' - whatever that means. It's also, apparently, fermented with natural yeasts.

I wouldn't say it was the ideal match with our roast chicken tonight but it would have been cracking with a joint of roast lamb or some lamb chops. Or a shepherds pie. Or a Spanish-style dish of pork and beans. Or some sheeps' cheese. In other words a very good all-rounder.

You've got until Tuesday night (17th) to buy it at this price.

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