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 2006 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 2021. 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 2006 vintage has recently entered into its ideal drinking window, it will undoubtedly repay additional cellar time, offering enjoyment for a decade or more to come. 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 2006 Remelluri Reserva cellar release is extremely limited in quantity.
Vintage – The 2006 vintage was marked by a continental, Mediterranean climate in Rioja, offering fully-developed wines with excellent structure and balance suitable for graceful long-aging.
Winter saw higher than the average rainfall, which replenished the water table and favored a good vegetative development and fruit set. Spring progressed under ideal conditions, while summer saw very warm, Mediterranean conditions. The rains from the previous winter were key, as the maturation process was not compromised thanks to sufficient water reserves. September and October had alternating days of rain, with higher than average temperatures; however, the diurnal shift between day and night helped greatly in both the glucometric and phenolic maturation ripening process. Harvest began the last week of September and continued with higher-altitude vineyards until October 21. 2006 at Remelluri was an exceptional vintage with fresh, fully-developed fruit flavors, ripe tannins, excellent acidity, and expressive aromatics. 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 de-stemmed, crushed, and the must is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and old, open-top foudres. It was then aged 17 months in foudres and barrels of various sizes and origin, followed by 14 years of bottle aging in the Remelluri cellar, made with low intervention, unfiltered, and minimal sulfur at bottling.