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My 6 Favourite Wines of 2016

My 6 Favourite Wines of 2016

Date: November 25th, 2016 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Wine

As the year comes to an end, I wanted to look back and reflect on all of the things I’ve experienced in 2016. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel to many different countries, meet some very interesting people, and spend time with old friends and family. All of these shared experiences usually had one thing in common: sharing delicious bottle of wine!

I want others to also be able to share unforgettable experience with those closest to them. That said, here are my favourite wines that I tried in 2016. They all pair with many delicious holiday meals, and may even make a great holiday gift! But more importantly, wine often compliments great moments with friends and family. 

1. Walter Massa, Timorasso Derthona, 2014

Such an interesting wine and an even more interesting producer, Walter Massa. For years he was broke, trying to rescue a grape variety that was facing extinction. Massa has successfully kept alive the Timorasso variety and this wine is the perfect tribute. 

The 2014 Timorasso is a unique, full-bodied white wine with fantastic acidity, showing fruit character and a mineral backbone. Enjoy with seafood risotto, Asian dishes, fish and charcuterie.

2. Domaine Fourrey, Chablis 1Er Cru, Mont De Milieu, 2014

Domaine Fourrey’s Mont de Milieu 2014 vintage won a Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards – and for good reason!

This classic Chardonnay offers a floral bouquet, combined with delicate citrus fruit and ripe Granny Smith apples. It finishes with a fine acidity and should be paired with savoury dishes, such as hazelnut-crusted chicken or pan-seared lobster.

3. Lagneau, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, 2014

This Chardonnay is the perfect example of everything the variety should be. This 2014 Beaujolais-Villages Blanc is made from vines that prosper on limestone, giving it a unique taste rarely seen in white Beaujolais – superbly ripe and creamy.

It’s aromatic, flowery, but also bready in style. I would enjoy this bottle with a chicken roast and finish it off with a berry dessert.

4. Castelli Martinozzi, Rosso Di Montalcino, 2013

Now for the reds! Martinozzi’s latest vintage of Rosso di Montalcino offers great value, coming from an ancient estate nestled in the beautiful hillsides of Tuscany. It’s lively and rich, with floral-scented cherries and kirsch, offering an impressive minerality on the finish.

This medium-bodied red pairs well with strong cheeses or wild game.  

5. Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2010

I needed to include one world-renowned “splurge” on the list – for special occasions, of course! Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste scores well beyond its fifth growth status, in my opinion. The Bordeaux vintage is a concentrated, complex, and velvety Pauillac. As with all of Grand-Puy-Lacoste’s wines, it carries a hint of crème de cassis – the château's trademark characteristic in top vintages.

This wine is vibrant, with flavours of blackberry, licorice and mocha; deep but not jammy. I would drink this vintage on its own to savour the flavours. However, it’s excellent with all types of classic meat dishes and Asian dishes with tuna.

6. Quinta Da Padrela, Douro Tinto, 2013

A wining example of a delicious Portugese wine and further proof there is a lot more to this country’s wine than Port alone! Quinta da Padrela's Douro Tinto is an elegant, fresh red – bursting with juicy red and black fruits – and a hint of toast. This 2013 vintage also won a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge.

This wine pairs deliciously with roast suckling pig or dark beef stew.

There you have it – a few of my favourite wines I was fortunate enough to try this past year! I wish everyone a fantastic 2017 and I’m looking forward to what the year has in store. 

Do you agree with my 2016 wine selection? Comment and let me know. If you’re looking for something specific, visit our website, Cadmanfinewines.co.uk

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