Remelluri Reserva 2008 Cellar Release

Remelluri Reserva 2008 Cellar Release

Remelluri is one of the world’s most timeless and iconic wine-producing landscapes. Remelluri Reserva is the original wine from Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri, sourced from their most important vineyards consisting of 148 plots on 25 sites of the property. Only indigenous varieties are used, planted from 1918 until today, averaging 40 years old. The blend consists primarily of goblet-trained tempranillo, garnacha, and graciano varieties with an average yield of 27hl/ha—organic farming, low intervention, unfiltered, and minimal sulfur at bottling.

This 2008 Reserva is a direct, authentic cellar release of guaranteed provenance, stored under optimal conditions at Remelluri in Labastida, Rioja, until refrigerated shipment to the US in the summer of 2022. It was selected by Remelluri owner and winemaker Telmo Rodríguez for the exceptional nature of the vintage and beautiful evolution of the wine, offering a fully-cellared Reserva expression from Remelluri to the market. While the 2008 vintage has recently entered its ideal drinking window, it will undoubtedly repay additional cellar time, offering enjoyment for a decade or more. De Maison Selections verifies refrigerated shipping and storage conditions throughout the wine’s journey to local merchants. Proper temperature and shipping conditions are essential factors in the enjoyment of well-cellared wines. The 2008 Remelluri Reserva cellar release is extremely limited in quantity.

Vintage – 2008 was a classic vintage marked by a continental, Mediterranean climate in Rioja, offering fully-developed wines with excellent structure and balance suitable for graceful long-aging. Spring progressed under ideal conditions, while summer saw very warm, but not hot, Mediterranean weather that was tempered by cool nights and Atlantic influence in the northern Rioja Alavesa region. Rioja enjoyed good weather conditions in the final stages of the ripening cycle without any complications. The long, even growing season, which lasted well into October, allowed for consistent ripening of the grape skins, providing fully developed phenolic components, giving the wine the natural ability to improve in bottle. Good weather also allowed for picking at the optimal moment, with berries achieving full maturity. Harvest began the last week of September and continued with higher-altitude vineyards until the end of October. 2008 at Remelluri was an elegant, classic vintage with complex aromatics, fully-developed but not over-ripe fruit flavors, smooth, well-developed tannins, balanced acidity, and a finely-knit, well-balanced palate. As such, it has aged gracefully and offers the drinker all of the complexity and excitement that only a mature Rioja can deliver.

Vinification – All of the grapes are hand-selected for quality in the vineyard in small baskets. Grapes are destemmed, crushed, and the must is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and old, open-top foudres. It was then aged 24 months in foudres and barrels of various sizes and origin, fined with gelatin before bottling, followed by 12 years of bottle aging in the Remelluri cellar. This wine was made with low intervention, unfiltered, and very minimal sulfur at bottling.

  • Site: Villaescusa, Valderemelluri, El Fustal, El Rincón, Vadegarú, Cisqueros, Ruancho, and Valpardillo at 480m – 900m in the villages of San Vicente and Labastida

  • Grapes: 90% Tempranillo / 5% Garnacha  / 5% Graciano

  • Vine Age: Vines planted from 1918 to 1989

  • Soil: Clay calcareous, limestone, bedrock, and stone

  • Vinification: Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel and foudres

  • Aging: 24 months in barrels of various sizes and origin, bottled May 2010, followed by 12 years (and counting) in bottle

  • Farming: Organic

  • S02: 14mg/L

  • Vegan: No (gelatin fining)

  • Suggested Price: $84.00 (750mL)