Sarah Jane Evans MW gives her tasting notes and drinking window for Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi.
A selection of three different vineyard sites, with Tempranillo up to 75 years old (‘pagos viejos’), then aged in Alliers oak. Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle has grown his celebrated business out of an unknown cooperative. Pagos Viejos may be the second wine, but it shows dense, smoky charm, a blend of black fruits and a fine grip of tannin, with a smart, savoury sign-off. The top wine is Viña El Pison, currently retailing at about £300.
Price £47–£55 Berry Bros & Rudd, Connollys, Fine & Rare, Gauntleys, Inverarity, James Nicholson, Jeroboams, Laytons, Swig