Grape Variety: 100% Verdejo
Aging Potential: Drink now
Serving Temperature: 10 ~ 12 °C
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
- Organic Wine -
Colour: Straw yellow colour with some golden tinges. Nose: Intense, suggestive notes of toast, spices and balsam, alongside aromas of white fruit, citrus, bitter herbs and flowers over a subtle, exquisite mineral background. Palate: Bold and palate-coating, showing a tight, concentrated complexity that will loosen over the next years. Full of richness and nuance, showing notes of tropical fruit, pomelo, bitter herbs, dry earth and white flowers. Great acidity and long, delicately bitter finish.
Belondrade y Lurton is a French Owned partnership based in the town of La Seca, near Valladolid, in the wine appellation of Rueda. Drawing on Belondrade’s enthusiasm for the Verdejo grape and the Lurtons’ famous experience, they have proved a formidable partnership and created some of the most impressive Rueda wines we have tasted.
In 1992 Didier Belondrade, who has always had a strong affinity for Spain visited Rueda and saw the potential to use Verdejo grape in creating a white wine in the Burgundian style with barrel fermentation and ageing. Rueda had already evolved from its traditional oxidized solera style wines to produce crisp dry whites, but the only use of oak at that time was by Marqués de Riscal.
He produced his first vintage in 1994 from rented vines, using the corner of a friend’s winery to store his small quantity of barrels. From hereon in Didier steadily built up his own estate by gradually purchasing existing as well as new plots and planting his own vines. He constructed his own winery and honed and refined his innovative winemaking techniques with the help of Marta Baquerizo from 1999, to create one of Spain’s most complex and refined whites.
The Verdejo, tended and harvested meticulously in 19 different plots, is aged for a year in barrel on its lees to add richness and depth, before a further 6 months of bottle ageing prior to release. The results speak for themselves.
|Serving Temperature||10 - 12 °C|
|Grape Variety||100% Verdejo|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Cellaring||Ready to Drink|
|Robert Parker||89 Points|
|Wine Spectator||88 Points|