I attended the Pierre Mansour tasting last night. It was great fun, good to see in person tastings return.
Thought I’d share some notes on the wines.
Cava Conde de Haro Brut 2018
- The Society’s White Rioja 2019
- CVNE Monopole Classico Blanco Rioja 2017
- Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Blanco Rioja 2008
- Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado Rioja 2011
- Glorioso Crianza Rioja 2016
- The Society’s Exhibition Rioja Reserva 2015
- Vina Real Gran Reserve Rioja 2012
- Contino Vina del Olivo Rioja 2010
- La Rioja Alta 890 Seleccion Especial Gran Reserva 2004
The Cava was good on the nose, but lacking interest on tasting.
I thought the Society label was good at the price point, stoned fruit on the nose, medium body, very light oak and well received on our table. Pierre explained it was a modern style white rioja.
The Monopole was much more heavily oaked. I wrote “austere” in my notes, I didn’t get a lot of fruit but it was complex with a saline finish. I don’t think I’d buy it, but it was interesting. Pierre revealed that the wine is actually mixed with manzanilla sherry.
The Gravonia Blanco was a very distinctive deep amber colour, revealing its age. On the nose I expected something a bit sweet. On initial tasting I didn’t particularly like it, but it grew on me, the finish was very long and complex, nutty, hints of toffee. When I thought of it more like a sherry aperitif than a white wine, I could see myself buying it and enjoying it. But they’ve stopped making it!
I was excited to see the Gran Reserva Rosado on the line-up, having a bit of a cult status on the Community. I’m very glad I got this chance to try it, but I’ll just say I won’t be joining those seeking it out.
We tried 5&6 together. The Glorioso was a fruity modern style rioja, with lighter oak and a smoky flavour, very drinkable. I definitely preferred the more traditional style of the Exhibition label, made by Rioja Alta – everything I expect from a rioja. On a value basis, this was my bottle of the night.
Wines 7,8,9 were all great and it was difficult to pick a favourite, (7 was double decanted, 8&9 were served from bottle)
The Vina Real was showing beautifully, light, elegant with a floral fresher style.
The Contino was bigger, more powerful – clearly a more modern expression – I had myself marked as a traditional fan, but I could certainly find space for this in my collection.
The 890 was spectacular, real depth, smooth tannins, notes of vanilla, leather and spices. Very classy.
A very enjoyable evening. This was my first WS formal tasting. I was a bit apprehensive attending solo, but the company was great and increasingly friendly as we worked through the lineup.