Alvaro Palacios Gratallops

£119.85

for the equivalent of £39.95 a bottle
CASE OF 3 BOTTLES 

Grower: Álvaro Palacios
Grape Variety: Garnacha / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cariñena
Style: Fruity and Savoury
Country: Spain
Appellation: Priorat
Vintage: 2020/21
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Opaque red in colour. The bouquet shows aromas of red fruit liqueur, pipe tobacco, sweet and savoury spice. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated raspberry and floral pastille notes that show outstanding vivacity and thrust. Floral and red berry character and harmonious tannins on the finish.

One of nine children born to the owners of Rioja’s respected Palacios Remondo, Álvaro studied enology in Bordeaux, while working under Jean-Pierre Moueix at Chateau Pétrus. He credits his tenure at Pétrus for much of his winemaking philosophy and for showing him the importance of great wines. Álvaro could have returned to the security of his family’s Domaine. But instead, he was drawn to remote and seductive Priorat, 60 miles from Barcelona, which had been one of Spain’s important pre-Phylloxera wine regions. Beginning in the 12th Century, Carthusian monks had painstakingly terraced and cultivated this rugged landscape, and Álvaro believed that their ancient wisdom could be tapped to yield wines with the stature of Pétrus and Grange. From the beginning, viticulture was fastidious, with organic farming standard and mules employed to work the steep, terraced sites. But Álvaro also came to trust in the monks’ wisdom, and in the varieties that they had selected over centuries as best adapted to the land. In particular, he recognized that regional Garnacha clones were the great heritage of this appellation. And, in time, he also came to cherish the small amounts of other varieties—including white grapes—that were interspersed among his vineyards.

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