Amontillado viejisimo Conde de Aldama

The star wine of my brief visit to the Salon de Vinos de Terruño yesterday was this very special old Sanlucar amontillado. It is by Bodegas Yuste and we were told that it comes from a solera based around four botas that were untouched for a full 120 years before being put back into action relatively recently.

I had nearly finished before I remembered to take a photo but as you can see it is a chestnut brown in colour and was ice water clear. Had a fantasticly expressive nose of brandy, nuts, cigar box and sawdust. On the palate too it had all the qualities of a majestic old Sanlucar amontillado, with a piercing saline freshness to it despite the intense nuts and cigar box flavours. The word here is dry and then some.

The only problem was that it seemed to disappear all too quickly: will have to get myself a bottle for further study.





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