Alaviana 2015, Floris Legere
Spain / Aragon
Andy's Tasting Notes
A real mountain wine! No fining or filtration; big without being overpowering, showing very charming, floral Garnacha perfume and velvet-textured black fruits on the palate. Lots of sweetness which is held in check on the finish by well-integrated tannins and acidity. Very long and intense. Great value.
Price per bottle £11.50
Based in this tiny mountain village renowned for its red earth (Villarroya = “red village” in the local dialect), the Floris Legere estate is very young, having been established in 2010 by French oenologist Ludovic Vano and his Spanish wife.
Their own vineyard, la Cañadilla, a parcel of Garnacha originally planted in 1952, is only 1 hectare so they also buy grapes from various neighbours when they find the requisite quality. None of the vineyards where they source their grapes, including their own, undergoes any chemical treatments. Ludovic bought himself a trio of traditional open-topped fermentation vessels from Burgundy and it may not therefore be entirely coincidental that his wines fuse together a certain elegance with the robust flavours you would expect from this mountainous heartland of old-vine Garnacha. From his first vintage in 2011 he has hit the ground running, getting his wines listed in prestigious outlets such as Lavinia in Madrid.
Food matchAny hearty fayre