2016 Vivaltus, Ribera del Duero, Spain

2016 Vivaltus, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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2016 Vivaltus, Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Description

The complexity and yet subtlety of the aromas is beguiling. The lower oak in the aging process really allows the aromatics of the grapes to shine through. It needs a bit of coaxing but what one is left with is an array of sweet red fruit, blueberry, violets. The palate is wonderful with a truly “liquid” quality – everything tied together perfectly, filagree / melting tannins, lovely refreshing acidity and a rich and yet balanced fruit core. The quality from the vineyards really shines through on this first release for what is sure to be a successful and well sought-after annual offer. Clean, rich, focussed and precise – a very good Ribera del Duero.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Stuart Rae, Buying Commercial Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Jane Anson96/100

Needs time to open up, as even at five years old it has muscles and well-framed fruits, but it is so worth the wait of a few hours in a carafe. Fragrant raspberry leaf, sandalwood, tobacco, pencil lead, juicy black cherry, blood orange, melted tannins, all with finesse and complexity. The wine is made from old vines, up to 90 year (almost entirely) Tempranillo sat at between 750m and 1000m altitude, from a selection of their own vines, and those of local growers. This is the first vintage on the Place, and a new project, and it’s standout. 25% new oak, Jean-Claude and Jeff Berrouet are consultants, working along with winemaker Montxo Martinez and owners Marcos and Carlos Yllera.

Jane Anson, janeanson.com

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Jane Anson96/100
Needs time to open up, as even at five years old it has muscles and well-framed fruits, but it is so worth the wait of a few hours in a carafe. Fragrant raspberry leaf, sandalwood, tobacco, pencil lead, juicy black cherry, blood orange, melted tannins, all with finesse and complexity. The wine is made from old vines, up to 90 year (almost entirely) Tempranillo sat at between 750m and 1000m altitude, from a selection of their own vines, and those of local growers. This is the first vintage on the Place, and a new project, and it's standout. 25% new oak, Jean-Claude and Jeff Berrouet are consultants, working along with winemaker Montxo Martinez and owners Marcos and Carlos Yllera.

Drink 2022 to 2038

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux (October 2021) Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20

It has a more delicate profile with somewhat more mature fruit than El Jardín de Vivaltus. It is compact, but it makes you salivate. Savoury, with complete tannins, but replenished with delicacy. It is a Ribera with a soft, deep and elegant profile. Very well crafted. A fantastic project that will echo in the future for sure.

Ferran Centelles, Jancisrobinson.com

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Wine Advocate96/100

The eponymous 2016 Vivaltus was really impressive. I was already amazed at the unbottled sample, and the finished wine seems even better! It's a blend of Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, mostly from old vines. It fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and aged for around 12 months in French barriques, 20% of them new. But there's no oak in the nose, which is ethereal and perfumed, elegant and nuanced, with notes of violets, wild berries and herbs. The palate shows ultra-refined tannins and comes through as beautifully textured, with a fine, chalky minerality, very good precision, clean and focused flavors and a long, tasty finish. This is really amazing.

Drink 2020- 2030

Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

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Tim Atkin MW97/100

What a debut! Even given the distinguished track record of Bordeaux-based consultant Jean-Claude Berrouet, this is a remarkable wine that is part of a welcome new trend in Ribera del Duero. Elegant and refreshing, it has very fine tannins, floral top notes, subtle oak and just a hint of leafiness from 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Releasing the wine through the Place de Bordeaux with five years of age gives you some idea of the ambition that owner Yllera has for this superb cuvée.


Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com

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About this WINE

Bodega Vivaltus

Bodega Vivaltus

Vivaltus is a new Yllera family project with a long winemaking history in Spain’s Ribera del Duero region. Recently, the team brought in legendary consultant Jean-Claude Berrouet, best known for his 44 vintages making the wine at Petrus in Pomerol, Bordeaux.

The vineyards here are among the highest in Ribera del Duero, up to 1,000 meters above sea level. The vines are 80 years of age on average, although some are more than a century old. They grow mostly Tempranillo here, with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot making up the balance. In the winery, Jean-Claude uses minimal new oak – starkly contrasting many top wines in the region.

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Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

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