Charles Rose Wines Mentioned In Decanter Magazine!

This is going to seem a little self-congratulatory, and possibly a little over the top, but there you go. As a small business, run by a single family, we celebrate our successes and victories no matter how small!

We love fine wine, and we know that finding a good one can be difficult and time-consuming so we are here to save you the trouble. We purposefully stock a small, select range that we have researched (not just consumed) so that you can be confident you are buying a good product.

As such, it is always gratifying to see our products in Decanter Magazine. Arguably, one of the best known wine magazines, published in over 90 countries. It’s a trusted source for wine lovers and a great way to discover what is happening around the world in the wine industry.

We were over the moon to find that in Decanter’s March Edition, two of the products we stock are mentioned and we are listed as a supplier! We know, it’s a small thing, but great to see that we have chosen some great products that we have priced competitively!

So, what were they?

Undurraga, T.H. Cabernet Sauvignon,Pirque, AltoMaipo 2012

UndurragaTHCabernetSauvignonAltoMaipo2012Decanter said this in their article “Chilean Cab: where quality meets value”:

From one of the highest areas in Maipo, this is a graceful Cabernet, filled with ripe yet refreshing flavours of red fruit and spices, its medium body delivering intense tannins. Perfectly ready for grilled meat but will evolve.

This is a wine with pedigree, with previous vintages reviewing well in Decanter Wine Reviews (95/100 for the 2011 vintage) and the International Wine Challenge (Gold in 2013 for the 2010 vintage).

So, get it while you can as production is limited to 2,700 cases – so when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Beronia, Rioja Reserva 2010

BodegasBeroniaReserva2010-2000x2000Decanter said this in their article “Panel Tasting: Rioja £8-25”:

Fragrant herbal nose with cedar spice. Much oak is promised but it’s well handled. Supple, juicy palate with well-integrated tannins and a full body.

This fantastic wine also has pedigree, with the 2009 vintage scoring well in the Decanter World Wine Awards (Silver in 2014) and the International Wine Challenge (Gold in 2013).

Admittedly, we are a bit biased towards rioja, we love the vibrant flavours and the fruit, and this example is no exception.

It’s a luscious deep red wine with hints of black cherry and a sweet refined finish.

If you’d like further information on either of these wines then visit the links to our product pages above, or visit our website. Please excuse us for blowing our own trumpet!

Rioja Classifications: know Your Reserva From Your Crianza

Here at Charles Rose Wines we love Rioja. There a few different types when classified by age.

If you have ever wondered about the difference between Reserva and Crianza then let us fill you in!


There are four classifications of Rioja. The differences centre on how long they have been left to age in oak.

It is impossible to talk about Rioja without mentioning oak.

Oak has been a part of Rioja production for around three centuries and is key in producing a Rioja’s hallmark vanilla flavours.

Originally it was French oak barrels which were used. Increasingly, American oak is now a popular alternative. Many producers use both. How many oak barrels might a winery own? Probably around 10,000… at least!

So, the four classifications of Rioja are as follows.


Wines labelled as simply ‘Rioja’ have spent less than a year in an oak ageing barrel.


Red wines must have been aged for a minimum of two years.

White and rosé wines must have been aged for at least a year.

For all three types a minimum of six months must be spent ageing in oak.


Red wines must have been aged for a minimum of three years with at least a year in oak.

White and rosé wines must have been aged for at least two years with a minimum of six months in oak.

Gran Reserva

Red wines require a minimum of five years of ageing with at least 18 months in oak.

White and rosé wines require at least four years of ageing with a minimum off six months in the bottle.

What do we stock?

We carry our favourite Rioja, a Beronia Rioja Reserva because we believe it is offers the best balance between taste and price. This particular wine is aged in French and American oak for 20 months with a further 18 months in the bottle.

If you have a favourite Rioja then let us know! Get in contact by email or leave a comment.

What’s up DOC?

Ever wondered what the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOC) statement on the label of a Rioja means?

Spain has more land dedicated to vineyards than any other country in the world. In 1932 it introduced laws governing the quality of Spanish wine.

Spanish wines are divided into four categories; two that have Quality Wines Produced in a Special Region (QWPSR) status and two that do not.

QWPSR is an EU classification which protects the geographical origins of products. It guarantees that Champagne can only be called so if it comes from the Champagne region.

The four Spanish classifications are as follows:

Vino de Mesa; literally table wine. The lowest grade available often made from a blend of wines from different regions and can only say ‘Product of Spain’ on the label.

Vino de la Tierra – VdlT or VT; indicating wine of the country. Made from wine from a specific region and may use the name of that region on the label.

Denominación de Origen – DO; QWPSR status dictates that wines with this classification are sourced from designated wine growing regions and are produced to exacting standards.

Denominación de Origen Calificada – DOC / DOCa / DOCq; this is reserved for the DO regions that produce wines of exceptional quality. Only two of the 89 regions in Spain have achieved this, Rioja and Priorat.

If Rioja is your thing make sure it has a label on it like the one below.


If you are interested in Rioja then why not try our Beronia Reserva.