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Rioja Plácet Valtomelloso
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Rioja Plácet Valtomelloso

DOC Rioja, Alvaro Palacios, 2017

750 ml
Grape variety: Viura
Producer: Bodega Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacios
Origin: Spain / Rioja
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Article nr. 13005717
Grape variety: Viura
Producer: Bodega Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacios
Origin: Spain / Rioja

Description

Soft yellow colour with green tinge and a wonderful sharpness and clarity. Intense aromas of lemon, green apple and pineapple combine perfectly with subtle nuances of acacia and vanilla to create a fantastic bouquet. Grassy tones and fine acids on palate. Develops buttery aromas of honey and fine oak in the finish. An excellent alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

Attributes

Origin: Spain / Rioja
Grape variety: Viura
Maturity: 2 to 10 years
Serving temperature: 10 to 12 °C
Drinking suggestion: Succulent chicken breast with cream sauc, Giant crevettes, grilled langoustines, Asparagus specialities
Vinification: partly destemmed, (short) pellicular fermentation, fermentation in wooden barrel, soft pressing
Harvest: hand-picking, strict selection
Maturation: in large wooden barrel/foudre
Bottling: filtration
Volume: 13.5 %
Countries

Spain

Spain – Variety and perfection

“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.

The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.

Regions

Rioja

Rioja: A legend in upheaval

It is the flagship of the Spanish wine industry: the Rioja region, with its elegant, yet storable wines, most of which are dominated by the Tempranillo, has decisively influenced the image of Spanish wine. Above all, the Reservas and Gran Reservas, aged for years in barrels, enjoy a magical reputation. For about 20 years, the Rioja houses have created a sensation with modern-designed, fruity wines, which are marked more by their terroir than their aging processes.

Producers

Bodega Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacios

He was born 'at home', right above his father's bodega. The scent of wine and barrels must have been lying in the air and thus dictated his further life. He studied oenology in Bordeaux and gathered professional experience at the Château Pétrus, and in London, Dublin, and California. Today, he owns vines in the Priorat county, in Bierzo, and at home in the Rioja, and proves his extraordinary talent with premium wines year after year.

He loves his family, motorcycles, nature, songs by Camarón, a challenge and taking risks. He seems believable when he confesses that his second calling would have been to be a 'torero', a bullfighter. He bristles with dynamism and power.

He went to Bordeaux to study oenology when he was 21 years old. The next stage saw him working at the Château Pétrus for two years. Then he returned home. His father José Palacios Remondo had built a bodega in close to Alfaro in 1948 following a family tradition dating back to 1651. However, Álvaro felt constricted upon his return. In 1989, he was pulled towards the abandoned Priorat, where his first resounding success would take place shortly. He was restless to hurry to the next challenge in Bierzo, where he prompted the next furore. His international reputation as a star winegrower had already been established when his father died in 2000. This marked the right moment to return home – his birthplace.

Grape varieties

Viura

For fruity cava and white Rioja

Still or sparkling: the Macabeo can do both. In its native Catalonia, it forms, with Parellada and Xarello, the triumvirate of cava grapes. It gives the sparkling wine its fresh apple fruit; the Parellada provides elegance, and the Xarello contributes body and fullness. Pressed as a still white wine, the Macabeo smells of apple, pear, flowers and herbs. A light almond note often comes as well. This can be tasted in the classic white wines from Rioja: they are made from this variety, which there is called Viura. The Macabeo – also spelled Macabeu – migrated from northern Spain across the border into French Roussillon.

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