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La Montesa 2018

La Montesa

2018
Rioja (Spain)
ORGANIC
93+
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La Montesa is a well-defined, refined wine, signed by the Palacios family, wine artisans wherever th...

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£13.30

/ 0.75 L btl

Details for La Montesa 2018

Type

Wine Red Crianza

Origin

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content i

14.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2018

Review

La Montesa is a well-defined, refined wine, signed by the Palacios family, wine artisans wherever they make it, in the Priorat, Bierzo or La Rioja. With a little more Grenache added to each vintage, it is a flavoursome and refreshing wine, raised on the radiant slopes of Mount Yerga, in the highest part of the Alfaro municipality, in 'La Rioja Oriental'. In the words of Luis Gutiérrez, "The quality/price champion 2018".

La Montesa is produced from vineyards covering over 90 hectares of chalky-clay soils in Rioja Oriental (previously known as Rioja Baja) at a height of 550 metres above sea level. The pebble-covered soils are worked using organic agriculture methods and enjoy a clearly Mediterranean climate with Atlantic influences which emphasize day/night temperature differences. Yields are kept low to ensure the wine's quality. Grapes are harvested by hand early in the morning during most of the month of October, and the must ferments with wild yeast under the watchful eye of Álvaro Palacios. It is then macerated with skins for 35-40 days and aged in wood. Finally, the wine is bottled just as it comes, unfiltered, unclarified and unstabilized.

Ever since the 2017 vintage, La Montesa vines have held the official organic agriculture certificate. Hours of work and effort have gone into making it one of the organic wines with the largest production in the world.

It has a moderately dense claret colour and delights the nose with wild red fruits, flowers, and spicy hints from its time in wood. Elegantly tantalizing in the mouth, it is a fine, fresh, subtle and delicate wine offering polished tannins and intense and deep flavours – toasted notes also appear, alongside hints of undergrowth and fallen leaves. Despite its large-scale production (650,000 bottles a year), La Montesa is a guarantee of quality year after year, deservedly winning its place among the list of best-value-for-money wines. A wine worth so much more than its price.

Food pairing

Roast suckling pig / Rabbit with mushrooms / Roasted poultry

Vineyard

  • Soil:Calcareous-clay
  • Climate:Mediterranean with atlantic influence

Production

ORGANIC
  • Vinification material:Wood
  • Ageing period:12 months
  • Type of wood:French and american oak

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC

Customer reviews

4.2/5
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by: Andre (30 Mar)

Good quality / price

Great wine for the offered quality. Enjoy it with your friends.

by: Luis phillips (26 Feb)

Excellent value for money

Fresh balanced smooth drinking unbeatable..will definitely purchase again

by: Ronald Geerlings (14 Jan)

lekker

smaakvolle tempranillo en grenache, goede prijs kwaliteit verhouding

by: Russell Biggart (13 Jan)

Every day !

This is a great 'go to wine .. easy drinking , fruity, just lovely

by: Rodrigo Vicentini (21/12/2020)

Good for a late afternoon with friends!

Good for a late afternoon with friends! A wine that gas livid tannins and quite some acidity. But still in the high end!

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The Palacios family boasts an impressive vinicultural tradition that goes back over the last four generations. However, it was José Palacios Remondo who was really responsible for making the winery what it is today, by planting the best possible selection of La Rioja’s traditional grape varieties, and treating viticulture as his true vocation. Showing great vision for the future, he sent his children (now in charge of the company) to be trained at the best French schools of...