Palacios Remondo

Country: Rioja - Spain

Region: Rioja


Palacios Remondo is the family estate of Alvaro Palacios (who also has outstanding estates in Priorato and Bierzo). Alvaro, along with Telmo Rodriguez & Peter Sisseck (Pingus), is one of the rock stars of modern Spanish winemaking. Like the others, he's no super-charged sugar-&-oak freak, however. It's all about the vineyard - great old-vines, beautifully composed fruit reflecting the smells and flavours of the earth in the finished wine. Palacios Remondo is an estate given to Garnacha and Tempranillo in equal measure, plus a little white from Viura, and little bits of Mazuelo (aka Carinena or Carignan) and Graciano - the traditional blending agents, along with Garnacha, which Riojanos use with Tempranillo. 

The Palacios estate is of 240 hectares, still quite high up at about 550m in the foothills of the Yerga mountain range. It's in the east, in the province of Alfaro. Soils are coarse clay/chalk, stony and poor. Rainfall low at 360mm. The project is to reflect soil minerality in the wine, avoid over-cooked fruit character and retain a sense of lively fresh elegance. 

A minimum of mechanical handling in the winery is a dramatic counterpoint to the oxidative tendencies of Rioja in the past - as is the care of husbandry in the vineyard.

Passion for Tradition – DOC Rioja is known for native grape varieties Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta and Viura, among other varieties used primarily for blending. The Palacios Remondo Estate and vineyards are located at high elevations in the eastern part of the region. Alvaro's passion for staying true to the tradition of the land inspires him to make wines that are expressive and authentic to the Eastern Rioja region. Alvaro uses Garnacha, which thrives in Rioja Baia, as the dominant grape in his red wine blends. This makes for more full-bodied wines with aromas of Mediterranean herbs, cherries and nectarines, and flavors of mixed berries and blood oranges on the palate.

Committed to Organic Viticulture & Natural Winemaking Practices - Palacios is deeply committed to organic viticulture and natural winemaking practices, such as use of organic fertilizers in the stone-covered, clay soils. All wines are unfiltered and clarified only with egg whites, no exogenous yeasts or commercial compounds are added to the wines and sulfites are kept to minimum levels. Total respect for his vineyard and its surrounding environment results in wines – La Montesa, Propiedad, Plácet Valtomelloso and La Vendimia – that express the true nature of the estate's soils.

Palacios Remondo Collection


Plácet Valtomelloso Price € 23.30

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The only white wine made by famed Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios at his family's Rioja property, Placet Valtomelloso is an estate-grown wine made in very limited quantities from the indigenous Spanish grape variety, Viura.

Sensory features: Plácet, meaning "pleasing," is bright gold in colour with enticing aromas of white flowers, lime, fennel root and fresh peaches. On the palate the wine is nimble and vibrant with crisp acidity and a long finish that has notes of fresh pear, white peach and magnolia flowers.

Grape variety: Viura 100%

Vineyards: Located on the slope of the Yerga Mountain, at an altitude of 1,800 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points within all of Rioja. The twenty-two year-old Viura vines are hand-harvested and grown organically, without any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. The soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of clay and a stony-calcareous subsoil that is covered in stones and has excellent drainage. Very low in organic material and with a moderated basic pH, the soil type is perfect for growing high quality fruit. Vines are narrowly spaced, pruned under a double cordon de royatstyle and never irrigated. By green harvesting and dropping close to 40% of their fruit, the Palacios Remondo team ensures that only the highest quality fruit is picked during each harvest.

Alcohol content: 13.5%

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La Vendimia Price € 11.00

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La Vendimia, which signifies "the harvest," represents the quality potential of Spanish jovenes, or wines that have been aged for less than six months in oak barrels. Made by famed Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios, whose father founded the Palacios Remondo winery, La Vendimiais a blend of Spain's two original star varieties: Garnacha and Tempranillo.

Sensory features: Lively and lucid, this wine has supple aromas of fresh orchard fruit, wild berries and ripe blood oranges. Fruit-forward and round on the palate, the aromas found on the nose are mimicked in the mouth and include additional notes of sweet spice and raspberry jam.

Meant to drink now through the next four years, this consumer-friendly wine can be served slightly chilled and is the perfect accompaniment to any dish.

Technical notes:

Located on the slope of the Yerga mountain, at an altitude of 1,800 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points within all of Rioja. The winery's estate-owned 10-to 40-year-old vines have been grown organically since 2003, where not a single chemical fertilizer or pesticide has been used for nearly seven years. Their extremely rocky soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of clay and a rock-strewn calcareous subsoil that is covered in small stones and has excellent drainage. Very low in organic material and with a moderated basic pH, the soil type is perfect for growing high quality fruit. All vines are narrowly spaced, pruned under a double cordon de royatstyle and never irrigated. By green harvesting and dropping significant fruit, Palacios Remondo ensured that only the highest quality fruit was picked during harvest, which took place between the end of September and middle of October.

Grape varieties: 50% Garnacha Pais and 50% Tempranillo

Alcohol content: 14%

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La Montesa Crianza Price € 16.40

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Named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains in eastern Rioja, La Montesa is a blend of the red grape varieties that grow organically on the Palacios Remondo estate.

Sensory features:  La Montesa wine displays an exotic, intense aromatic profile. Notes of ripe cherries, strawberries, pomegranates, along with hints of citrus and delicate fragrances of flowers. We also find a rich bouquet of Eastern spices and a dash of balsam. The wine enters the palate smoothly, showing a velvety texture and displaying irresistible flavours of ripe red fruit, notions of spices and an excellent acidity. Ripe, yummy tannins and a long, smoky finish. Masterly crafted

La Montesa is a welcoming wine from Rioja that is sure to please both the novice and the true wine connoisseur alike. Meant to enjoy now or age up to 10 years, Alvaro feels this is "a wine that invites you to enjoy life!" Perfect by-the-glass on its own or when paired with flavourful cuisine,

Grape varieties 70% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo

Alcohol content: 14%

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Propiedad Price € 29.20

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The Palacios Remondo winery is located in the eastern portion of Spain's oldest and best known winemaking region, the D.O.C. Rioja. The estate's flagship wine is made from a blend of the indigenous grape varietals Garnacha and Tempranillo, and true to its name, it is the finest expression of the high-elevation vineyards located on the Palacios Remondo property, or "Propiedad." With sensuous notes of orange peel, toffee, nutmeg and charcoal in the nose, this wine is incredibly soft and sultry on the palate and has exceptional structure. Containing well-integrated tannins and a long finish, this wine is meant todrink now or age up to ten years. Only 4,250 9-liter cases of this wine were produced.

Sensory Features: Quite pruney Garnacha sets this off in a savoury red berry direction with touches of plum, tobacco and sage. Earthiness and pretty, well defined red berries show the Garnacha on the palate, with terrific natural fruit acidity and light tannins, and a little cola-violet perfume release at back. Gentle, open, dry and subtle, this is delicious and characterful premium Rioja Baja, and is the new-oaked big sister to ‘La Montesa’.

Technical Notes:

Grape Variety 100% Garnacha

Vineyards   Located on the slope of the Yerga mountain, at an altitude of 2,100 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points of Eastern Rioja. The old Garnacha vines that are used for making this wine are 25- to 90-years-old and are located across five unique vineyards that are represented by five gold stars on the wine’s new label. The unique soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of volcanic ophite and sandstone pebbles, quartz and white carbonates. Very low in organic material, with excellent drainage and a moderated basic pH, the soil type has been known for producing high quality wines for hundreds of years. The vines are narrowly spaced, head pruned, never irrigated and only produce around 1 Kg of fruit per vine each year. Alvaro Palacios ensured that only the highest quality fruit was picked during harvest, which took place between September 20th and October 20th.

Alcohol Content: 14.5%

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Quiñón de Valmira 2015 Price € 420.00

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Alvaro Palacios is one of the most renowned and famous wine-makers in the world. After gathering his many years of experience at Chateau Petrus, Chateau Le Pin and Chateau La Grange, he implemented them in his impressive projects in Spain.

After the great pioneering work of setting up his own winery in the Priorat, Alvaro Palacios also took over the Bodega Palacios Remondo in the Rioja, which had been in the possession of his family for more than 150 years, began with dramatic changes and took them to the elite of Rioja within a short time. In recent years, the Palacios Remondo Propiedad has been rated among the best of Rioja's best wines in the Spanish press.

The Quinon de Valmira is a pure Garnacha of 30 year old vines from the individual "Paraje Quiñón de Valmira" at Alfaro (D.O.Ca. Rioja). Like L'Ermita, Quinon de Valmira is only served to long-standing, good customers.

The Palacios Remondo Quinon de Valmira is the new first wine of Alvaro Palacios Rioja-Winery. Just for the homoeopathic dose of about 900 bottles sufficient, he brings with him an L'Ermita from Rioja on the market. The wine is a real secret tip! Only 6 bottles were finally allocated to us.

Sensory features: First fruits of Alvaro Palacios’ labours to restore Rioja Baja’s traditional Garnachas to glory. Bush vines, grown at 615m, at the limit of ripening. Shallow red clay soil over calcium carbonate. Alvaro Palacios Quiñon de Valmira 2015 is a pale garnet colour with gloriously floral aromas. Equally seductive palate superbly ripe with a lift of orange peel and grain of dark chocolate. Very refined; Pinot-like.  A great beginning; a vineyard to watch.

Technical noted

Grape variety: Garnacha Pais aged in French oak barrels

Best served: Game birds, Beef, Steak tartare and Deer

Style of wine: Dry

Decanting time: 2 - 3 hours

Serving temperature: 16ºC

Alcohol content: 14%

Bottle size: 750ml

 

 

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