2021 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita
The L'Ermita 2021 is a legend in the making, with 13.9% alcohol, the lowest ever, astonishing finesse and details, purity, symmetry, elegance and great freshness that makes it lively with a low pH of 3.31 and 6, 18 grams of acidity. These parameters should ensure that the wine will last a long time, and the wine will be lively and develop a citrusy nose of grapefruit and orange peel. It is a powerful wine with lots of energy, abundant tannins, and super elegant with great balance. It has a relatively high percentage of Cariñena, much higher than the 2020, and the blend for 2021 is 75% Garnacha, 24% Cariñena. Around 2,800 bottles of this 2021 will be made.
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ABOUT 2021 PRIORAT
One name will forever be linked to the first weeks of 2021: Filomena. That was the name given by the international meteorological services to the snow and ice storms that hit much of the Iberian Peninsula with serious snowstorms. Snowfall started in the vineyards in Priorat
on January 9 and produced a layer of more than 50 cm for three days. Temperatures dropped dramatically for almost a week. The weather continued to surprise with unexpected and contradictory phenomena, and after the icy explosion of Filomena in early January, average temperatures were already recorded around 15ºC Celsius. The vines had enjoyed the snow, but now they were faced with drought as between late November 2020 and mid-April 2021 rainfall was extremely scarce: just over 30 liters in five months! The normal climograph for Gratallops includes a very wet spring, which will be like blood to the soil in the coming months. 2021, on the other hand, was unusually droughty and without sufficient rain it took a long time before they were able to finish plowing the plots. Finally, the rain that fell from May came on the thirsty ground
VINTAGE 2021 IN GRATALLOPS, PRIORAT
Annual precipitation: 449 mm / 50 cm snow.
Average temperature: 15.5ºC.
Average annual relative humidity: 65.59%.
ABOUT ALVARO PALACIOS
Álvaro Palacios is one of the nine children of the owner of Bodega Palacios Remondo in Rioja. After studying winemaking in Bordeaux and working for two years at the famous Petrus in Pomerol, he decided not to return to his native region, but to discover the unspoilt land of Priorat. Priorat is about a two-hour drive from Barcelona. The area has a long wine history with monks who have been making wine here since the twelfth century. However, several setbacks caused the area to fall into oblivion. In the 19th century there were still 15,000 hectares under vines, but by the end of the 1980s only 900 hectares remained, mainly old vineyards high on the slopes, difficult to reach and even more difficult to cultivate. Yet it was these vineyards that caught the attention of a group of winemakers, including René Barbier and Álvaro Palacios. They believed in the enormous potential of the region and lifted Priorat out of the doldrums.
In 1989, Álvaro Palacios bought his first vineyard in Priorat, Finca Dofí. Not much later, L'Ermita followed, a steep vineyard facing northeast with - typical for the region - a slate soil. This soil is also locally called llicorella and consists of red slate with small particles of quartz that reflect sunlight. The wine from L'Ermita has now become the figurehead of Priorat. Priorat has a warm continental climate with warm, dry summers. The vineyards are located at different altitudes ranging from 100 to 700 meters. It can cool down considerably at night, which ensures optimal ripening. The two main grape varieties are Garnacha and Cariñena, which thrive in the poor slate soil of Priorat.
In the late eighties, Alvaro met René Barbier, one of the rediscoverers and 'godfathers' of the Priorat. This tipped him to take a look at the forgotten wine region. Alvaro found vineyards here with very old vines. He knew immediately that he had discovered the area to be able to make absolute top wines. In 1989 he bought his first Priorat vineyard 'Finca Dofi' and in 1993 L'Ermita, a vineyard that is now considered one of the very best of the entire Priorat and is named after the chapel at the top of the vineyard.
With wines such as Finca Dofi and the now legendary L'Ermita he gained world fame and put the Priorat on the map as a wine region. All vineyards are processed on the basis of biological and / or dynamic principles to obtain the highest possible quality grapes and wine with the most natural character. Alvaro Palacios is barely 40 when he seems to have accomplished everything. Coming from a family of winegrowers - owners of the Bodegas Palacios Ramondo - as a young man in his twenties he learned the trade with Christian Moueix in the castles of Petrus and Trotanoy. Then he followed the catalan René Barbier in Priorato. Deeply impressed by ancient land and their qualitative potential, he decides to mine his own vineyard in this God-forsaken hole, 135 km south-west of Barcelona. According to Palacios' own words, the general belief is that "the yield is too low, the land is unworkable and requires a lot of manual labor" and that the chance of profitability is small. The sequel shows that the skeptics were wrong. The first millésime, namely the Ermita 1993, was immediately mentioned in the "superstars" club of Spanish wines. This cuvée, consisting of 80 to 90% Grenache Vieilles Vignes balanced by Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan Vieiles Vignes, has provoked exceptional reactions in Spain but also in the rest of the world. The ultra-modern company of Alvaro Palacios, dominating the village of Gratallops from the top of the hill, testifies to its decisive influence and ongoing efforts to revolutionize the Spanish wine industry. Alvaro Palacios, the architect of the success of the Ermita, summarizes with conviction: "The philosophy behind the vinification involves expressing the character of the terroir with the greatest transparency and purity."
The authoritative British wine magazine Decanter has named Alvaro Palacios Winemaker of the Year 2015. He is honored for his efforts to put Spain on the map in general and the regions of Bierzo and Priorat in particular worldwide. Palacios has illustrious predecessors. Last year, the brothers Perrin won from Chateau de Beaucastel, for which the honor went to Angelo Gaja, Robert Mondavi and the late Serge Hochar.
At Grandcruwijnen.nl you will find an extensive selection of the wines of Alvaro Palacios such as his absolute cult wine the L'Ermita and the Dofi, but we can certainly also recommend the wines that are a lot friendlier in price such as the Álvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat. Click here for an overview of the wines of Alvaro Palacios
|Type of Wine
|Icon Spain & Portugal
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard