Saturday’s tasting saw one of our most exciting and cutting edge line ups for Caviste in a long while, and by all accounts, listening to customer reviews, was one of the most exciting tastings put on this year. One representative of a very famous national scribe so loved the idea of our new Albarino she drove hours to get to the tasting and proceeded to be blown away by the rest of the range too. Bibei, Labastida, Forjas del Salnes and Encus were all tasting tip top, and never has one man been so proud of his troops as on this day!
It was fantastic to taste through the new Spinifex range with a few people who have been following these guys for some years. The wines are fresh and inviting and retain a complexity that older vintages have, but these seemed to leap into an extra dimension, with more purity and a confidence that comes from knowing the fruit you work with just that little bit longer. The 2010 Lola is so refined as to be comparable to Southern Rhone white of the highest quality and it is great to see the new vintages of old classics such as Papillon and Esprit, as well as some new faces in Bete Noir, La Maline and Taureau, a homage to Rioja.
Best in show for Burgundy had to be the Cheveau wines, with the new 2010 Macon Solutre-Pouilly thrilling all with the racy acidity and beautifully restrained mineral palate. The Trois Terroir 2009 is knock out too and although stocks are running out there is still a little more of this left in the shops. Finally if you get a chance, check out the 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Graveirette (£30). This is a difficult vintage but proves my rule that great producers can make great wine in any vintage, and Julien Mus has really excelled here to produce a scented, perfectly balanced CdP that in fact has a freshness and immediacy that many 2007’s and 2009’s lack, making it an exceedingly attractive proposition to drink now.
Thank you for all who attended, it was great to see you and for your feedback and comments, it was a cracking day and you made it a fun day for all the Caviste team too!