Named after the soil its 30 year old vines are planted on, this is a gloriously rich and full flavoured Rioja Reserva. From the same family that own historic Bodegas La Emperatriz, this is pure Tempranillo aged two years in oak for toasty richness.
"An exciting one-off parcel from a first class bodega. Sumptuous fruit and luxurious oak ageing"
Beth Willard Buyer for Spain
Eduardo Hernáiz is the talented winemaker behind the famous wines of Bodegas La Emperatriz (in the 1890s its wine beat all the major châteaux of Bordeaux). At the same immaculate cellar he makes this richly endowed Rioja Alta Reserva. The vines, all 30 years old, lie at over 450 metres altitude, so the grapes ripen slowly even in the warmest vintages. Eduardo was particularly pleased by the quality of these grapes in 2009, when conditions were “perfect for a balanced ripeness”. Pure Tempranillo, matured for two years in finest American oak, has produced a luscious red with strawberry and cherry aromas, crunchy red fruits and a rich wrap of cocoa, vanilla and spice from its sojourn in oak. Serve in large glasses – it’s drinking well now.
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
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