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Laithwaites Wine Aluado Alicante Bouschet Red Wine - 6 Bottles (75cl) - Laithwaites Wine

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A useful resource for hunting down that rare bottle or a birthday-year wine for a loved one’s special day. It was Jose who, whilst under the spell of the moon went ‘Aluado’, dreaming up the idea of creating a wine entirely from this unique grape. Rarely used on its own, Alicante Bouschet from the cooler Lisboa region can obviously produce an impressively structured wine. Although individual vintage reports are still being written, some key vintages of the past 40 years have region-specific reports.

They said he was ‘aluado’ (‘loony’) but the ever inventive José Neiva Correia has proved his doubters wrong.Alicante Bouschet produces some of the world's deepest coloured wines and is often used to enhance Portugal's top reds. Following on from last year’s five Gold medal triumph, José again used grapes from his own historic estate, Quinta de Porto Franco, which dates back to the 12th century and is thought to have the oldest vineyard in Alenquer. A cross between Petit Bouschet and Grenache that resulted in both high-quality juice and a midnight-black colour. Aluado 2019 is a rich, velvety red, great solo or served with roast meats (try lamb or pork) or a herby casserole. The scene is set for the hero of our story, a grape varietal first cultivated in 1866, Alicante Bouschet.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Cool climate Alicante Bouschet from the Lisboa region has a strongly perfumed character as well as intense fruitiness. The closest I could get was this 2021 Aluado Alicante Bouchet but it does not carry the accolade "Reserva" and although easy drinking and enjoyable it is not as rich and fruity as the 2018. When Jose Neiva Correira first decided to make a red from pure Alicante Bouschet, a grape usually only used as part of a blend, everyone thought he was mad 'aluado'. Of course by the time I drank the Aluado 2018 Alicante Bouchet "Reserva" it was no longer available much to my great dismay.After you’re done admiring the inky-black color, get ready for aromas of intense berry fruit and sweet spice, which lead to a full, deliciously fresh palate of black plums, cassis, blackberry, vanilla, and cinnamon. We recommend you switch to using Microsoft Edge or another more modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari (Apple users only). Alicante Bouschet in the coastal Lisboa region is more restrained than it is in Alentejo, so the wine is crisp as much as ripe, with attractive red berry fruits and soft tannins. Pure Alicante Bouschet is rare in the cooler Lisboa region, but this wine certainly reveals much of the richness and intense fruit that makes this grape so popular among producers. So ask for it, they they say they don’t have it ask if them for another wine you can’t pronounce, or walk out singing “it’s all about the grape, bout the grape”.

Thanks to a great season, Aluado 2015 is a big, rich wine best served with roast meats - try with pork or rack of lamb.

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