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Laderas de Montejurra

The Laderas de Montejurra winery is located in the beautiful village of Dicastillo in the Navarre. The geology is enormously similar to the Neighbouring region Rioja and benefits from the strong influence of the Atlantic. Nevertheless, one hears comparatively little about this growing area from the Spanish wine world.

Emilio Valerio He has been at the helm of the bodega since 1980. old vines recognized. With great difficulty, he was able to recultivate the old vines and bring them into yield again. In Navarra, numerous areas are still lying in oblivion today. As so often in Europe, it was the monks who established or shaped viticulture in a region. Over 1000 years ago, Benedictine monks were already cultivating vines and olives in the area.

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Lime & Biodynamics

The winery was named after the massive limestone that is home to the vineyards. The vineyard covers 25 hectares. Spread over 15 plots around the Massif of the Montejurra are mainly Garnacha, Tempranillo as well as Cabernet Sauvignon cultivated. The sites extend up to 700 meters in altitude, which is an additional cooling factor.

Spain is the second highest country in Europe after Switzerland. So mountains, elevations and cold nights are not uncommon. In fact, the region around the warm Mediterranean Sea represents only a fraction of the country's area. Grenache is the dominant red grape variety in the Winery Laderas de Montejurra. In combination with the limestone result structured, powerful wines, but also wines that are equally characterised by their origin and minerality. Emilio Valerio's wine estate does not strive for fruit-concentrated, marmalade-like wines. Instead, the focus is on independence, character, and reference to origin. Very early, Valerio started to cultivate the vineyards according to the biodynamic guidelines to manage.

The winemaker

Jean Francois Hebrard has been responsible for the wines since 2014. Spain experts now immediately draw the parallel. From my assortment, he is also responsible for the wines of the Quinta de la Quietud in the Toro and the Bodegas Attis in Galicia. A true greatness in the north of Spain. The wines are produced in French barrique barrels aged. The size and age of the barrel depend on the style of wine. The wood is used very skillfully and never dominates the wine. Rather, it gives the wines a little more substance and stability. Above all, however, the aging in the barrel brings another dimension to the mouthfeel in terms of taste.

The Cuvée Emilio Valerio delivers for a fair price enormously much wine in the glass. A dense, balanced red wine for so really every occasion. Highly recommended is also his La Merced, a Malvasia from old vines. In the dry range, one of the best examples of this grape variety in the global context.

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