Rafael Palacios

Country: Galicia - Spain

Region: Galicia

Rafael Palacios is the brother of one of Spain's leading winemakers, 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 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 Mino. 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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Louro do Bolo Bio €18.50

Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo zoom

Louro is a blend of Godello with a small amount of Treixadura from parcels located in the villages of Chandoiro, Lentellais, Outardepregos and Santa Cruz. After decades of conventional farming, the organic practices of Rafa have begun to revitalize the soils of these sites and Louro is becoming more complex with each vintage. Louro is fermented in French oak foudres and aged on its lees for four months. Up to 10% of the blend in Louro will be Treixadura, a variety that can be found co-planted in Rafa's sortes.

Sensory features: A wonderfully-crafted expression of the Godello grape - ripe, elegant, well-balanced and refreshing. We just love this wine. A blend of (mostly) Godello with a little Treixadura it shows intense aromas of ripe red apple, apricots, honeysuckle, lemon peel and hints of cream on both the nose and palate. It's well-balanced, elegant, ripe and has a refreshing saline backbone. Stunning...

Technical notes

Biodynamic wine

Grape variety: 90% Godello & 10%Treixadura

SoilSandy granite

VinificationHand harvested, pneumatic pressing, natural yeast fermentation in foudre.

Ageing4 months in French oak foudre

Best served: Seafood, Smoked Fish and Salmon en Croute 

Alcohol content: 13.5%

Bottle size: 750ml


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