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Palacios Remondo - Placet 2017

White Wine

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Item# 97247-17/6PK

Product Ratings

James Suckling 94pt

Estate

If anyone embodies the promise and spirit of “The New Spain,” it is winemaker Alvaro Palacios. Born into a wine family in Rioja, he now makes wine in three different appellations: Priorat, Bierzo, and his hometown of Alfaro in Rioja. Alvaro’s flagship Priorat wine, L’Ermita, is one of the most coveted wines in all of Spain. Following his great successes in Priorat and Bierzo during the 1990s, and the death of his father in 2000, Alvaro Palacios took the helm of Palacios Remondo, his family’s property and winery in Rioja Baja.

History

The Palacios Remondo winery history stretches back five generations when the D.O.C. Rioja was first gaining notoriety as one of the premier winemaking regions of the world. José Palacios Remondo, father of renowned winemaker Alvaro Palacios, reestablished the estate in 1945. Alvaro Palacios, born at his family’s winery in Alfaro, became one of Spain’s winemaking pioneers for his successes in Priorat and Bierzo and was recently voted Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year (March, 2015). In 2000, upon his father’s death, Alvaro assumed responsibility for Palacios Remondo, and committed to taking the estate’s quality to new heights. Under his inspired leadership, Palacios Remondo is now a rising star of Rioja.

Technical data

Age of vines: 32 years old.
Planting density of vines: 1,213 vines per Acre
Viticulture: Vineyard registered in organic growing viticulture.
Pruning style: Double cordon Royat.
Irrigation: No.
Green harvesting: Yes.
Harvesting: By hand, strict selection.
Date of harvest: 14th September.
Destemming-crushing Partial destemming, crushing and pressing.
Alcoholic fermentation: Must ferments on fine lees in oval wooden fudres at low temperature.
Maceration: 8 hours skin contact.
Malolactic fermentation: Spontaneous.
Ageing: 12 months in oval oak barrels.

Vineyard

Located on the slope of the Yerga Mountain, at an altitude of 1,800 feet, Palacios Remondo’s vineyards are grown at some of the highest points in Rioja. The 30-year-old head-pruned vines are hand-harvested, grown organically, and very narrowly spaced (3,000 plants per HA). Soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of clay and a stonycalcareous subsoil, covered in stones, with excellent drainage. Very low in organic material and with a moderated basic pH, the soil is perfect for growing high quality red and white grapes. By dry-farming and dropping close to 40% of their fruit, the Palacios Remondo viticulture team ensures only the highest quality Viura is picked during harvest, which occurred on the 4th of October.

Vinification

After a manual selection is performed in the field and again on a sorting table at the winery, clusters are put into a cold press for an eight hour maceration period of contact with the skins, before being de-stemmed. The first-press juice is then fermented in traditional 2,000-liter oval oak vats at very low temperatures, using native yeasts. Upon completion of the spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, the wine was then aged sur lie for 11 months in large French oak ovals with select soft pump-overs and then both fined and cold stabilized before bottling.