Here is the new vintage of Belondrade y Lurton, one of the most prestigious Spanish white wines.
A single varietal Verdejo, this white wine fermented and aged on lees is made from over 30-year-old vineyards located at an altitude of 750 metres above sea level.
The organically grown vines grow in soils composed of sand and pebble stones that bring a distinctive freshness and complexity to the wine.
The 2017 vintage was a difficult one, which lead to the earliest harvest in the history of the DO Rueda. As usual, each plot was separately harvested and vinified. First, the grapes were cold-soaked and spontaneously fermented with their own yeasts in 300-litre French oak barrels.
After that, 15% of this single varietal Verdejo from Rueda underwent malolactic fermentation.
Then Belondrade y Lurton 2017 was blended and aged on its lees in the barrels for 10 months with periodic stirrings.
Finally, this wine of the Belondrade winery was aged for a further 6 months in the cellar prior to its release.
An age-worthy white wine, it will improve in the bottle for 10 years. Production around 85,000 bottles.
Decant 1 hour before drinking.
The white wine Belondrade y Lurton has a straw yellow colour with some golden tinges.
This is an intense, suggestive Verdejo from Rueda by Didier Belondrade. Notes of toast, spices and balsam, alongside aromas of white fruit, citrus, hay, bitter herbs and flowers over a subtle, exquisite, distinctive mineral background which is the mark of a great terroir.
Bold and palate-coating, this Verdejo white wine by the Belondrade winery shows a tight, concentrated complexity that will slowly unfurl over the next years. Full of richness and nuance, showing notes of tropical fruit, pomelo, bitter herbs, dry earth and white flowers. Great acidity and long, delicately bitter finish.
|Our personal opinion||
An exquisitely crafted wine from Rueda, the classy Belondrade y Lurton 2017 captures like few others the enormous personality of the Verdejo grape.
Belondrade y Lurton 2016:
Enterwine 95. Parker 93+. Peñín 94.
Belondrade y Lurton 2015:
Enterwine 95. Parker 92+.
Belondrade y Lurton 2014:
Belondrade & Lurton 2013:
Parker 93. Best Crianza White Wine - Gourmet Guide.
Belondrade & Lurton 2012:
Parker 92. Peñín 94.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||10|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, Cod, Curred fish, Fish and gravey, Fish and vegitables, Grilled fish, Pasta with fish, Smoked foods, Soup and rice, Stew, White meat with gravy, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
I drank this at a Castilian restaurant with a roast suckling pig. A match made in heaven. The wine is dense, tangy and delicately bitter. I've had quite a lot of bottles since that day.
One of Spain's great white wines, and a very good wine to age for some years too. It stands comparison with many first-class white wines around the world.