Catherism in Castilla Leon was introduced by those pilgrims from Occitania who left France to follow the way of St James to Santiago. It is said that these Cathars had their own symbol, a cross of three arms in which were driven three large stakes. The term “Cather”, originates in the Greek, Katharois, meaning“ Pure.” This origin is in turn reflected in the purity and authenticity of the wine, from the privileged area of Ribera del Duero, namely the sub-district of Gumiel de Mercado, an ancient winemaking area full of subterranean cellars cut out off rock, which I am told are well worth a look if you happen to be in the vicinity.

This wine is produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, grown on 20 year old vines that are low yielding. The grapes are hand harvested and selected before being transfer to a state of the art winery, which use gravity as an essential aid during the production of the wine, this is done to maximise the fruit expression of the wine, as Jovens are unoaked, the fruit is all important.

Deep Cherry colour with flecks of deep crimson, the nose explodes with vibrant and mouth-watering berry fruits, raspberry, cherry , with hints of plum, violets and spice. The palate is smooth and fruit forward, with juicy red fruits and a touch of spice and minerality.  Just the ticket for this weeks Champions League matches.