September: Classic vs. New Wave
Old vs. New – The Classic vs. The Upstart – Established Region & Grape vs. The Unheralded. Such themes and narratives are common in the wine world and this month’s quartet recreates this phenomenon, with two utterly classic wines and two new wave wines.
You can’t more classic than Felsina and their Beradegna Chianti Classico. Savary’s old vine Chablis is equally classic: intense, concentrated citrus fruits underpinned by iodine, sea foam and tidal pool notes, all with a bracing acidity.
The counterpoints here represent a sense of daring and a willingness to defy expectations. First is Joan d’Anguera’s Finca l’Argata. 100% Garnacha from sandy soils in Spain’s Montsant region, the wine is a love letter to Chateau Rayas. Finally, we close with Royal Tokaji’s unique dry Furmint. Famed as the grape variety in one of the world’s great dessert wines – Tokaji – it is novel to explore the possibilities of Furmint as a dry table wine.
So there you have it – a trip around the vinous world again. From the classic to the cutting edge. And there’s still ever more to explore.
2020 Domaine Savary Chablis Vieilles Vignes (France)
2018 Royal Tokaji “The Oddity” Furmint (Hungary)
2018 Joan D’Anguerra Finca L’Argata (Spain)
2019 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico