October 18, 2020
The 10th Century Gran Reserva from the Historic 2010 Vintage Delivers Real Terruño! It Is Pure Mountain Rioja That “Harkens Back to the Great Rioja of the 1940s and 1950s.”
“Remelluri remains one of Rioja’s reference points…” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
After the overwhelming response to this week’s offering of the 2010 Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea, we are continuing our efforts of delivering the finest from Rioja and the vaunted 2010 vintage. And yes, there are producers and Bodegas that have become household names; La Rioja Alta, Lopez de Heredia, Marques de Murrieta, CVNE, Muga; however, there are plenty more to explore - many are ones where little quantity arrives in the US. Today’s featured Rioja is just that - especially from 2010.
We can say emphatically, the 2010 Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva La Granjais is arguably the most exciting Gran Reserva we have tasted over the past two years next alongside the likes of the 2001 and 2010 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva ‘904’ and 2010 Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial . As a wine enthusiast, we have come to know that 2010 is regarded as one of the great universal vintages, and in Spain’s celebrated region of Rioja, the classic year challenges the classic benchmarks of 1994, 2001, and 2004. For winemaker Julio Saenz (La Rioja Alta), he has not been this excited about a vintage since his inaugural 2001 release, as for the estate, they have not been this excited since the 1964. And while the iconic traditionalists of La Rioja Alta and Lopez de Heredia express a leaner, almost more Burgundian side to the indigenous varietals of the area, another reference point for the region, Remelluri, delivers a little more fruit, structure, and density to the wines, and does it with a sense of place or terruño (terroir) while remaining truly classic. This is pure mountain Rioja from old vines up to 90 years of age, grown on limestone soils not to be missed.
If you remember wines like the 1989 Gran Reserva, this is one of the icons of Rioja. The vineyards are situated in what we believe to be one of the most breathtaking vineyard locations in all the world. Unfortunately, little of the Remelluri wines are regularly seen here. In fact, the Gran Reserva La Granja is seldom produced, only from exceptional vintages and has only been released a handful of times since the immortal 1982 with a mere handful of cases arriving in the US. We are pleased to present the recently secured 2010 Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva La Granja at $74.99 for 48 Hours only – it is a wine that commands $110 elsewhere. The critics are correct in stating, “An age-worthy wine that harkens back to the great Rioja of the 1940s and 1950s…”
To complement the offering, we are including additional selections from the benchmark vintage of 2010 direct from Spain.
FEATURED WINE: The Mountain Rioja and the Benchmark Vintage (Click to Order)
While the Bodega as we know it today began in 1967 when Jaime Rodríguez Salis purchased the vineyards at the heart of the former estate, this property has origins dating back to the 10th century when monks from the Toloño monastery founded a sanctuary and farm at this stunning site. In addition, there are documented accounts of winemaking dating back to 1596. The actual full name of the winery is Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri, Farm of Our Lady of Remelluri, referring to the small medieval settlement. Fast forward and under the ownership of the Remelluris over the past seven decades the winery has been devoted to recovering the old lands of this historic estate and restoring the original vineyards. It is here that the vineyards are located along the slopes of the Sierra de Toloño mountains and are at the highest elevation in the region, south-facing and protected from the prevailing winds and frost. It is this unique micro-climate or terruño of this area that helps provide the wines of Remelluri their distinct personality and age-ability.
ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:
2010 REMELLURI RIOJA GRAN RESERVA GRANJA
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “This is one of the icons of Rioja and one of the most terroir driven Riojas we just do not see enough of anymore. And in the standout and classic vintage of 2010, this is one of the most structured Riojas we have tasted, offering the best of the old and new world, truly conveying a sense of place as the minerality and altitude (some of the highest in the region) from this special site scream through. It’s all about energy and freshness of fruit here, absent is the dill and pronounced oak notes that is present in many neighboring wines. There is a Calon Segur like structure to the wine underneath the ripe, generous and chewy fruit. With aeration this wine reveals nuances of black cherry, macerated strawberry, citrus, plum, red licorice, dried flowers, herbs, and balsamic. It teases today and offers tremendous age-ability. This is one of the most striking Rioja Gran Reservas we have tasted in the past two years.”
98 Points, James Suckling: “Complex aromas of hazelnuts, dried flowers, dark fruits and stones. Subtle. Full-bodied, chewy and structured. Fills your mouth. An age-worthy wine that harkens back to the great Rioja of the 1940s and 1950s. Available in 2016.”
95 Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “I was really blown away by the 2010 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, their take on more classical Rioja; IT is aged in oak for a longer time, but not without having selected grapes from their very best plots that would benefit from the extended élevage. The varietal composition is approximately 75% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 5% Graciano. Like all of the wines here, it fermented in small stainless steel and oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and then matured in oak barrels for some 26 months. The nose is full of flowers, blood orange, sweet spices, violet pastille and curry. It's very aromatic and perfumed, with the herbs that you find in the Remelluri mountains, rosemary especially. It is extremely attractive, with a nose that makes you go back to it over and over again. This is still very young, but terribly balanced. The tannins are refined and there is a fine thread of acidity going through its core and lifting it up. This could very well be the best vintage of Granja so far. And having seen the improvements in the vineyards, my feeling is that the best is yet to come..”
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All my best,