The panel felt it was a tasting of two extremes. Pierre Mansour explained: ‘There were some truly great wines with real identity, class and intensity, but at the same time they were light and gentle in structure and alcohol. There were no poor or faulty wines, but too many neutral ones.’
But it wasn’t all bad. The best examples did impress the judges, who were not shy in waxing lyrical about their quality.
This week find five Rías Baixas Albariños recommended by Decanter judges, with three scoring above 93 points and three available to buy in China.