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Chivite Gran Feudo 2005 Reserva review

The label of this bottle of Gran Feudo — gold and black lettering, and a dribble of red wine running down it

I wrenched the cork from this blighter and snatched it up to my nose (by now, uncorking and bottle-neck-sniffing form one seamless movement — almost, I like to think, choreographed in its elegance). And — to the empty rooms of Flat 7 — I made a kind of wow-type exclamation.

Actually, to be honest, it probably went something like, ‘Pfooouf!’

(An approbatory ‘Pfooouf!’, though. Not an I-just-smelt-something-a-bit-farmyardy kind of ‘Pfooouf!’. It pays to be clear about these things.)

That’s not to say there’s not a bit of the farmyard about Gran Feudo. Assuming this is a farmyard in which bulls tear up and down and spill dark blood on grey flagstones — rather than some disgusting, spiritually impoverished Bernard Matthews job.

A smokey, inky depth here — from a wine that’s dark, rich, concentrated. It’s like the mixture of blood and sweat in your gob from that fight you just had. But you should’ve seen the other guy.

Oh, yeah, and you could easily keep this wine a while longer and get even more out of it, I reckon.

So. You may’ve gathered, I like red wines like this. Red wines with a bit of earth and blood and soul to them. And I really like the fact that this critter costs a good bit less than a tenner. That, Waitrose, is sodding commendable.

Or, to put it another way, Pfooouf.

Rating ★★★★ 4 stars (very good)
Region Navarra
Grapes Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
ABV 13.5%
Price £8.54 from Waitrose online

2 Comments to Chivite Gran Feudo 2005 Reserva review

  1. November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    RT @Quaffable: A @waitrosewine that makes you go exclaim with joy http://t.co/TxtNJl6p & one that didn’t quite: http://t.co/tgGgOFpc @oldparn

  2. December 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Tom, in the spirit of my post on The Wine Conversation (which I won’t link, but I’m sure you can find), I want to say “Thank you” for being one of my favourite bloggers of 2011.

    I really hope you can keep up the spirit and momentum of this blog.

    I also hope you find a moment to enter the Born Digital Wine Awards with your three favourite/best posts (http://borndigitalwineawards.com/) because I’d love to see your stuff being shared more widely

    All the best for 2012 – and must meet up again soon!

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