Movies & Booze: Wine tips for the weekend

In the mood for a Malbec or a Beaujolais?

On this week's Movies & Booze, Tomás Clancy reviews an Argentinian Malbec and a particularly floral Beaujolais...

Llama, Old Vines Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2013

Pricing: around €17.50

Available: from selected independent off licences and wine shops nationwide including Karwigs Wines, Kilnagleary, Carrigaline, Co. Cork and online nationwide at karwigwines.ie; Ardkeen Food Stores, Waterford, JJ O’Driscoll, Ballinlough, Cork.

It is very rare to be able to buy or taste anything that contains or is 105 years old for less than the price of a high end laptop, except that is, in Argentina, where they have some of the oldest continuously producing vines on the planet. This big, opulent Malbec is bursting with dense blackberry notes, a daub of dark super ripe plum and then a lovely spicy, toasty finish, with plenty of glossy well managed oak influence. The vines here in from Alto Valle de Agrelo are right in the foothills of the Andes, home of the robust Llama, and like the Llama, the vines here keep going in the face of harsh and mountainous conditions. The average age of the Malbec vines here is an astonishing 105 years old and the grapes are treated with respect, six months in French oak barrels and then aged in bottle for another six months. All adding up to a wine that over-delivers for the very attractive pricing.

 

Chateau de Chatelard, AC Fleurie 2013

Pricing: around €20.50

Available: from selected independent off licences and wine shops nationwide including Karwigs Wines, Kilnagleary, Carrigaline, Co. Cork and online nationwide at karwigwines.ie; Cinnamon Cottage, Rochestown, Cork, The Wine Centre, Kilkenny

The Beaujolais wine region is one of the most beautiful and least visited in France, largely thanks to being situated right next door to its flashy famous sibling Burgundy. After years of being thought of as a once a year, gimmicky simplistic wine thanks to the idea of Beaujolais Nouveau, a whole generation of new young winemakers and owners have arrived and begun to transform our idea of Beaujolais, which you will not see on the label with this wine. This wine is a Fleurie and as the name suggests this is a wine bursting with brilliant floral notes on the nose, hint of violets hit you, then a big rush of strawberry hits the palate and a juicy mouthwatering acidity, a nice firm finish which is bright and clean. This is wine begging for a crunchy salad and is a credit to one of Beaujolais’ youngest winemakers Aurelie Vermont, daughter of a winemaker but leading her own new and exciting path in this rapidly riving region.