Carlos Lopez de Lacalle, the owner and winemaker at Spanish winery Artadi, says the 2018 vintage came from a warm summer with a slightly cold September. "From that we got all this fresh, elegant, ripe fruit aromas with great balance and a lot of tension."
James says the Artadi 2018 wines are good now, but asks Carlos how he thinks they will age. "For us, a wine that ages needs to be drinkable when it's young," Carlos says, adding that he's certain the 2018s will age, given their ripe tannins and higher acidity.
"Now if you taste your wines, if you want to make comparisons it's like Burgundy now," James said of the taste of the Artadi 2018s compared with 10 years ago. "It's really just fresh, and really fine tannins ... and you can see the differences in all the different crus, and I think that's really exciting."