2019 Louro do Bolo, Rafael Palacios, Valdeorras, Spain

2019 Louro do Bolo, Rafael Palacios, Valdeorras, Spain

Product: 20191263444
2019 Louro do Bolo, Rafael Palacios, Valdeorras, Spain

Description

Smokey, wood fire aromas. Elegant, creamy, and intense with lots of yellow fruit and black pepper, green chillies on finish. Elegant for drinking young, could develop a little further.

Drink 2021 - 2024

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter.com (Apr 2021)

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Decanter92/100
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Decanter92/100
Smokey, wood fire aromas. Elegant, creamy, and intense with lots of yellow fruit and black pepper, green chillies on finish. Elegant for drinking young, could develop a little further.

Drink 2021 - 2024

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter.com (Apr 2021) Read more
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20

This is the cuvée known as Louro on the front label and Louro do Bolo on the back label. It's made from small parcels of Godello with an average age of 25 years, grown at over 600 m. These parcels are located in the municipality of O Bolo and planted on sandy granitic soils and sandy soils with clay deposits. These sandy soils limit vine vigour and the high elevation ensures marked diurnal variation and a long growing season. The grapes were pressed and the must was fermented in 35-hl French oak foudres. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees for four months prior to bottling.

Brilliant straw colour. Intense, dry, concentrated, sophisticated. Just the job for those who seek a reliable, sensibly priced alternative to fine white burgundy. Confident and long. Honestly, there is just nothing to criticise about this wine … you may be amazed to read.

Drink 2021 - 2024

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (Mar 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Rafael Palacios

Rafael Palacios

Rafael Palacios is the brother of Spain’s leading winemaker and Berry Bros. & Rudd stalwart Alvaro Palacios. It should come as no surprise that the family genius, enthusiasm and attention to detail is also evidenced in Rafael’s wines. Whereas the Palacios family made its name in Rioja, and Alvaro has subsequently achieved world-wide recognition for his vineyards in the appellation of Priorat and (latterly) Bierzo, Rafael has headed to the green north-west Atlantic-influenced vines of the DO of Valdeorras, which is located windward of Rueda, not too far to the north of the Portuguese border and the River Miño.

The jewel here is the white variety Godello, which is now achieving recognition similar to that latterly afforded to Albarino and Verdejo. Sandy soils with granite substratum allied to historical terraced vineyards add up to hard work, small yields and a concomitant high level of quality.

Rafa works with over 20 tiny parcels scattered around the region, with vines ranging up to almost 100 years in age. He currently makes two wines: Louro do Bolo, his lighter, entry-level expression, and As Sortes, which offers a step up in quality. Both are blindingly delicious, textural whites.

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Godello

Godello

Godello is a white grape variety primarily found in northwest Spain and northern Portugal. The grape is capable of producing very fine white wines, and it is in the Valdeorras region that its greatest successes are seen, leading to a steady increase in plantings there. Bodegas Rafael Palacios (managed by the brother of Spain’s leading winemaker Alvaro Palacios) has been the driving force behind the revival of the grape.

In Jancis Robinson MW words' "Godello combines the structure of white burgundy with the finesse of a juicily mineral grape".

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