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New Recruits 2018

While several trips a month to continental Europe may seem glamourous, often times it’s anything but. Languedoc in February, the sun is shining, but high on the hills of Faugeres, or Pic St Loup, it is colder than cold. Bordeaux in March, the height of their wet season, you will find yourself splodging through the fertile soils of the vineyards. Northern Spain any time before May is identical to the micro-climate of the Irish midlands. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

We stick to a specific algorithm at Wines Direct when it comes to sourcing wines. We meet the winemaker, we walk their lands, and we taste the wine before it comes to Ireland. We research areas and vineyards for months before we visit, and as relationships between our current winemakers get stronger, we blithely take recommendations from them.

We whittled down the potential new recruits to 15 wines that ticked all our boxes. Vibrant, dynamic, small – batch wines from family run vineyards are what we look for. Wines which have character and a story to tell, and can take you on a journey. While many of the wines come from vineyards we have been working with for many years, Bolmida’s Frales or Ricard's Tasciaca to name a few, we have some new names to add to the list, and we’re delighted to share them all with you.

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  1. Pagos de Araiz Joven

    Tempranillo, Garnacha

    Navarra DO, Spain

    €11.60
  2. Pagos de Araiz Roble

    Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano

    Navarra DO, Spain

    €13.00
  3. Chateau Haut-Garriga

    Merlot

    Bordeaux AOC, France

    €13.15
  4. Chateau Moulin la Mondière

    Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan

    Corbieres DOP, France

    €14.25
  5. Mas Las Cabes

    Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre

    Côtes du Roussillon AOC, France

    €15.75
  6. Cellar La Muntanya 'MINIFUNDI'

    Monastrell

    Alicante DO, Spain

    €15.95
  7. Faugeres Grande Reserve

    Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

    Faugères AOC, France

    €20.25
  8. Chateau Peyredon Lagravette

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

    Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc AOC, France

    €23.75
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