White Wine La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes 2016
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In fact, not only is La Comtesse a single varietal Albariño, but a single estate wine as well. Specifically, this white wine from Rías Baixas is made from old vines coming from Pago Cacheiro, located in the subzone of Val del Salnés.
Harvest was performed manually. Destemmed to remove any element that could distort the expression of the fruit, the grapes were slightly pressed to extract only the most subtle and elegant aromas.
Then the wine must was drawn off and fermented for 60 days in 3,000 litre French wooden vats from Allier under a strict temperature control, followed by a 4-month ageing period on its lees.
After that, La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes 2016 for 12 months in vats, and for a further 10 months in concrete tanks.
Age-worthy and complex, we strongly recommend that you aerate this wine by Pazo Barrantes before you drink it.
12,240 bottles produced.
The white wine La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes has a bright, clean, straw yellow colour with greenish and golden tinges.
Interestingly, this Albariño from Rías Baixas shows two contrasting sides, so to speak. On the one hand, there are some creamy and smokey aromas, reminiscent of English custard, fennel, pastry and vanilla. On the other, La Comtesse insinuates some lively balsamic hints, a note of citrus and menthol, and some mineral undertones. The complexity and the intrincacy are there, but the wine surely needs some time so that both sides can fully come together.
Smooth and savoury, with volume, definition and character. At first we find notes of peaches and apricot, touches of white flowers and some smokey hints, followed by an underlying layer of vanilla, aniseed, white tea, nutmeg and some salty and mineral touches. This white wine from Pazo Barrantes has a very long finish, with a very good acidity and a persistently mineral finish with some herbal remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
The wine La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes 2016 is a first class white with a great ageing potential. In order to fully appreciate it, remember to serve this old-vines Albariño at a temperature slightly higher than the average white wine.
La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes 2015:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 94. Parker 93. Proensa 98.
La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes 2012:
Peñín 94. James Suckling 93.
La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes 2011:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels from Allier|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, bluefish, Boullabaise, Cold meats, Cow´s cheese, Cured cheeses, Curred fish, Foie Gras, Grilled fish, Mushrooms, Paté, Pickles, Risotto, Sheep´s cheese, Soup and rice, Steak Tartare, Stew, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Dry and aromatic, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|