We first had the pleasure of trying this wine at La Malaje in Madrid in March this year.
Having being so impressed with it that we decided to visit Bodegas Luque during our latest visit in September.
A review of our visit can be found here.
Produced from indigenous Pedro Ximénez grapes it is matured in the original 1888 solera, hence naming it “ El Abuelo” – the Grandfather. It has under gone oxidative ageing for over 40-45 years after 3 years biological ageing and has an ABV of 21%.
Nose: On the nose we get jaffa cakes, almost chocolate orange, sugared almonds and hazelnuts. When left to warm the aroma is similar to that of an orange whisky liqueur.
Palate: Powerful on the palate, more intense than the nose suggests. Salted almonds again , slightly woody. Then Spiced orange with cinnamon and cloves – almost like a mulled wine. Intense long finish.
This wine is simply delicious and another stunning example of an Amontillado from Montilla-Moriles. An unexpected discovery back in Madrid and one we will definitely seek out and buy again and again.