In January 2014, we just got such an opportunity. Enter the rather wonderful worlds of Lopez de Heredia and La Rioja Alta, arguably two of Rioja's most finest establishments.
We have two fantastic offers on one wine from each bodega, but they're only available if you're on our 'special offer' email list (a separate list to our newsletter). Email us before the end of Friday 29th April to go on the list and to get hold of these wines at these fantastic prices.
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva 2004
Usual price: £34.95. Special email subscriber price: £29.95
They are known for exceptionally long ageing of their wines. The 2004, with 12 years in barrel and bottle, could easily be classified as a Gran Reserva (they age their Gran Reservas for even longer). All of which means when the bottle hits our shelves, it's ready to drink.
Although great now (and believe us, we'll be cracking a bottle as soon as we get our hands on one) it has the ability to age for a further decade.
La Rioja Alta 'Vina Alberdi' Rioja Reserva 2009
RRP: £16.95, Special email subscriber price: £14.50 (15% off!)
The Vina Alberdi Reserva 2009 is 100% Tempranillo which has been matured in barrel for 2 years and a further 5 years in bottle. It's full bodied, packed full of black fruit with a touch of vanilla, nutmeg and tobacco. Classic Rioja, a perfect match for lamb or roast beef.