Rafael Palacios ‘Louro’

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“Any profile of Rafael Palacios inevitably leads with his family history and while being a scion of a famous winemaking family in Spain is an excellent way to get attention it makes Rafa’s hard work and achievements seem fated or predetermined … The Louro is crafted from younger vines but is selected from plots that produce more age-worthy wines. Fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in used foudre, Louro showcases Rafa’s talent at balancing the minerality of the grape with the richness and texture of the elevage.” European Cellars

“The 2019 Louro comes from a vintage that Rafa Palacios compares with 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016, the best vintages for him. The vines are on sandy granite soils, but there are some vineyards where there’s a little more clay, and the vines are worked organically. It fermented in 3,500-liter oak foudres, where the wine matured with lees for four months. It always has a small percentage of Treixadura, around 4% this year, and in 2019, it reached 14% alcohol, so it’s not a shy wine. It might seem incredible, but Treixadura is a very aromatic and balsamic grape and that small percentage is clearly noticeable in the aromatics, which gives Louro a very different profile from the AS Sortes, with a more herbal and balsamic touch. But Palacios tells me that’s the freshness of the year (Godello can also be herbal), as they have regrafted a lot of Treixadura. In 2019, there is less Treixadura than in previous years, and there’s only one hectare of Treixadura left in his vineyards. The wine does have very good freshness, plus a very salty finish and the granite sensation that gives it an electric touch, complex, powerful and with a profile of a serious wine with very little bitterness; Palacios says it reminds him of the 2005 As Sortes. This has to be one of the best vintages of Louro, a clear step up from previous vintages” – 93 pts Luis Guttiérrez, Robert Parker.com June 2020

“Beautiful aromas and flavours of peach, red apple and lime, with a delicious stony and creamy texture” – Martin Moran, Sunday Times Wine Guide 2020, May 2020

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Categories: , , , Tags: , , , , Product ID: 5751 Alcohol Content: 13.5%

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