GIFT ~ Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva 2010 ~ Rioja DOC

GIFT ~ Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva 2010 ~ Rioja DOC
£56.00 / bottleincl. postage & packaging

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Country: Spain
Grape variety: Grenache/ Garnacha
Grape variety: Tempranillo
Wine region: Rioja
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Grape variety: Graciano
Wine Type: Wine Gifts / 1 bottle wine packs
Drink: now to 2028
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

You can also purchase this wine as part of a six or 12 bottle case

The story

Rioja is one of two wine regions with Spain's highest qualification level, DOC or DoCa, the other region being Priorat. There is so much Rioja on the UK market and much of it over-priced, overly sweet and over-oaked because that became the trend from the turn of the century. But there is a danger of the DOC qualification being devalued.

There is now a new wave of winemakers fighting back against the commercial style of Rioja and Telmo Rodriguez is at the forefront; I had the good fortune to meet him in February 2016 and he told me that Rioja should not be a "recipe", that there is fortunately no longer one style of Rioja as modern winemakers like him focus on the fruit, the 'terroir' and more traditional methods. Telmo has been described by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate as "Rioja's number one Terroirist".
In this wine from old vines on the Remelluri estate owned by Telmo & his sister Amaia, Tempranillo grape is blended with a little Graciano and Garnacha (Grenache); minimal intervention is practised and the wine is organic.

The wine

Rioja lovers beware; this is an absolutely stunning Gran Reserva from an excellent vintage, 2010. Full tasting notes coming soon but in the interim read what the critics have said including ... "This could very well be the best vintage of Granja so far"

Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, poultry, cheese, charcuterie and paella

Producer's Notes

"Expressive nose with aromas of dark cherries, dark plums, liquorice, vanilla and cedar. It is full-bodied yet elegant on the palate, with a significant but round tannic structure, a wealth of
concentration and a complex lingering finish."


95 points     Aug 2016

"I was really blown away by the 2010 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, their take on more classical Rioja; Ii 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 is 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."

18 points     Jun 2015
“Bright cherry red. Fine, ripe but very fresh cherry fruit. Terrific freshness and that characteristic dry finesse. Super-fine tannins, quite a grip but beautifully balanced. Finesse and elegance with the oak very much in the background. Juicy even though the texture is dry.

Telmo Rodriguez [who owns Remelluri with his sister Amaia] is one of Tim Atkin's top 10 Rioja producers     Decanter     Mar 2018

A stunning organic Rioja Gran Reserva from the Remelluri winery, part owned by Telmo Rodriguez who was described by Tim Atkins MW in Decanter as one of his top 10 wine producers in the region. It has a silky smooth texture; a complex, rich and yet very elegant Rioja that is a real treat

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