Bodegas Tomas Cusine Vilosell (Costers del Segre, Spain)

Bodegas Tomas Cusine Vilosell

You really should never buy wine on the strength of the label. Books and covers and all that.

Having said that, we all have our favourites; bottles that look fantastic on the table, labels that catch our eye on the back bar.

Personal favourites include Ridge’s wrap around look with its ultra clean typography, the gothic ridiculousness of Maximin Grunhauser from Germany and the almost cartoony font used by Figeac in St Emilion – a beacon of originality in a sea of anonymous sketches depicting chateaux.

I’ve recently added Bodegas Tomas Cusine Vilosell to that list. If Paul Smith designed wine labels, this would be it: understated stripes, subtle gold highlighting and a bold, punchy name. Love it.

The wine inside is just as fabulous.

Tomas Cusine VilosellA blend of Ull de Llebre (that’s Tempranillo to you and me), Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot, Samso and Garnacha, it is grown on the hills of Costers del Segre, a couple of hours west of Barcelona. The region is one of extremes, with the temperature gauge liable to fall below freezing in winter but race into the high 30s come July and August.  

You can taste that summer sun in the deep, black fruit of the wine but the cool, hilltop nights also provide freshness and focus. The wine is powerful and full-bodied but not baked, heavy or thick. There is a delicious streak of minerality running down its core.   This wine can handle chargrilled onglet just as well as roast saddleback of pork belly.  It is truly versatile.

Artisan winemaker Tomas Cusine has done a superb job with the oak too – using the barrels to polish the fruit and smooth out any rough edges without adding distracting mocha coffee notes.

Gareth Groves
17th September 2013

Company No. 2550982 | 109a Regents Park Road London NW1 8UR | Call: 0845 263 6924 | AWRS Number: XVAW00000101595

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