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Spec sheet

TypeWhite
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production105,000 bottles

The wine

The second wine of Rafael Palacios, and closely related to As Sortes do Val de Bibei.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
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Straw yellow / Clean / Greenish glints
Bouquet
Higly aromatic / Fennel / Gorse / Chestnut flower / Citrus fruits / Damp stone
Mouth
Good entry / Fresh / Voluptuous / Oily / Complex / Fruit-forward / Mineral notes / Saline notes / With personality / Characterful

Drinking and storing

Serve between 8ºC and 10ºC

Ratings and awards

202092 PN
201993 PK16.5 JR93 PN
201816.5+ JR93 PN
201792 PK17 JR92 PN
201692 PK17.5 JR94 PN
201591 PK17- JR91 PN
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

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. 180,000 bottles produced. It was bottled between April and May 2020 from a single master blend.

— Luis Gutiérrez (18/06/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 93 PARKER

Brilliant straw colour. Intense, dry, concentrated, sophisticated. Just the job for those who seek a reliable, sensibly priced alternative to fine white burgundy. Confident and long. Honestly, there is just nothing to criticise about this wine … you may be amazed to read. GV - Good value.

— Jancis Robinson (07/03/2021)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2019 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

4.5/5
27 reviews
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Wine making

Ageing period4 months
Type of woodFoudre

Vineyards

Vine ageBetween 20 and 40 years
SoilSand / Granit / Clay
ClimateContinental with atlantic influence
OrientationSoutheast

The winery

Rafael Palacios

Rafael Palacios is the son of D. José Palacios Remondo (founder of Bodegas Palacios Remondo) and a passionate producer of white wine. After producing his first white at the family-run winery, called Plácet, he decided to set up his own winery in Galicia, in the Valle del Bibei, under the Valdeorras denomination. He came across some old Godello vineyards, ideally suited for producing his refined white wines, which he now cultivates drawing on traditional methods of vine growing,...

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