2018 Louro, Rafael Palacios – Glorious Godello From Spain’s Greatest White Wine Producer
“You will not find a white wine in this price bracket that shows such finesse, elegance and silky minerality. Brilliant!” Songbird Wines
“Here’s a wine that out-Pulignys Puligny” Jancis Robinson MW, “This overdelivers for its price” Wine Spectator
Rafael Palacios has now reached legendary status. His single vineyard Godello, Sorte O Soro, was recently heralded Spain’s greatest white wine and is leading the way in putting the Valdeorras region on the international wine map. Amazingly his ‘entry level wine’, the brilliant Louro, continues to be superb value. Sure, £19 a bottle isn’t an everyday price for wine but when you put it in to context that this is up there with many a Puligny-Montrachet (home of the world’s most renowned white wine) that would set you back £50 a bottle, then it truly is a bargain.
The techi bit…
Louro is a blend of 92% Godello and 8% Treixadura grapes from small parcels of vines (Sorte), aged between 20-40 years and at altitudes of 650-740m. These higher vineyards give the wine a wonderful freshness and the granite soils its mineral character. It is aged in large old French oak barrels (Foudre) for four months on its lees. The result is a wine of purity and beautiful texture, reminiscent of great white Burgundy. It has an aging potential of 6-8 years, but it drinks beautifully in its youth too.
As in 2017, yields of 2018 were low so bottles available are down by about 40%. Luckily this fall in production hasn’t seen a rise in price but it does mean that vintages run out quickly so I have snapped up a parcel of 20 cases. They won’t last long.
2018 Louro Godello, Rafael Palacios, DO Valdeorras @ £115 per case (6 bottles)
“Glorious golden colour in the glass and a subtle aroma of stone fruit, apple and honeysuckle. Silky elegance on the palate and superb texture and concentration. Just gets better and better in the glass. You will not find a white wine in this price bracket that shows such finesse, elegance and silky minerality. Brilliant!” Songbird Wines
“It’s a bottle that, bang for buck, is among the most exciting white wines on the planet right now and blows the refreshment scale into a whole new dimension.” Olly Smith
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