DOMINIO DEL ÁGUILA – DOMINIO DEL ÁGUILA ALBILO VIÑA VIEJAS 2015
Notes de dégustation: une palette assez expressive avec le caractère marqué de la réduction sur les lies.
Il y a le toasté et le grillé de la réduction. L’ensemble n’empêche pas le fruit de s’exprimer. Une belle dimension. Le vin possède un joli gras avec une texture plus ferme sur la fin de bouche. Une belle acidité apporte de l’énergie, le terroir exceptionnel prend tout son sens sur la fin de bouche.
VIN : DOMINIO DEL ÁGUILA ALBILO VIÑAS VIEJAS 2015
The second vintage produced, the 2014 Blanco unfortunately is still not allowed to carry the Ribera del Duero appellation even though it’s produced with the traditional white Albillo grape grown in old vineyards in the zone. The 2014 Blanco is nothing short of spectacular. It’s produced with the grapes from individual ancient vines planted in old, organically farmed vineyards on clay and limestone soils at some 800 meters in altitude. It has moderate alcohol (13%) and a very low pH (3.08), which translates into great freshness and a sharp and serious palate obtained by fermenting the juice from foot-trodden full clusters with indigenous yeasts in concrete and oak vats for about one year, during which time the wine was kept with the lees that were not stirred or racked. It was hand bottled without fining or filtering in March 2017. It has the flinty, sesame seed-like reduction I find in some fine white Burgundies. It has a fresh and balanced palate and is terribly mineral. It’s even better than the initial 2012, and especially the oak feels better integrated. My guess is this white is going to age nicely and for a long time in bottle. This has to be among the finest unfortified whites from Spain. Bravo! 1,380 bottles and 41 magnums produced.