Telmo Rodriguez

"Get hold of it now, enjoy the brilliance of Telmo Rodriguez and the sense of place that he can bring to a wine...  believe me, this is a cult wine in the making."
Jane Anson

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Telmo Rodriguez is one of the great Spanish winemakers and a strong proponent of terroir and indigenous grape varieties.  His vision was to create a prestigious vibrant Rioja that was true to place.  Yjar comes from a small (3.8 hectares) high altitude vineyard in the foothill of the Sierra de Tolono mountains, home to some of the oldest and most incredible vineyards in Rioja. The calcareous soils are planted with Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Granegro and Rojal.  Under 6,000 bottles of the 2018 vintage were produced.

2018Yjar Rioja Alavesa, Remelluri3x75cl2-£285CS(3)[Add to shopping basket]---100-

"Such a deep yet complex and sophisticated nose, showing discretion, perfume and finesse. A hint of violet extract to the black cherries, crushed blueberries and cocoa powder aromas, together with Spanish cigars that slowly evolve to truffle, black pepper, incense and freshly chopped herbs. Juicy, yet really composed and dry, with medium to full body and abundant, immaculately fine-grained tannins that unwind evenly on the palate. A style that is restrainedly plush and refined, showing superb precision, cohesion and length, when you give it enough time in your glass. If Las Beatas is the fine Burgundy, then this would be Telmo Rodriguez’s Rioja answer to world-class Bordeaux. Decant it to let the complexity come through. Drink through the next 20 plus years."

100 | James Suckling