Priorat

Alvaro Palacios

Represented exclusively in the U.S. and California by The Rare Wine Co.

If anyone embodies the promise and spirit of “The New Spain,” it’s Alvaro Palacios. His L’Ermita is widely considered—along with Peter Sisseck’s Dominio de Pingus—to be the most important Spanish wine of the modern era.

One of nine children born to the owners of Rioja’s respected Palacios Remondo, Alvaro studied enology in Bordeaux, while working under Jean-Pierre Moueix at Ch. Pétrus. He credits his tenure at Pétrus for much of his winemaking philosophy and for showing him “the importance of great wines.”

Alvaro could have returned to the security of his family’s domaine. But in the 1980s, he was drawn to the largely abandoned, ancient vineyards of Priorat. Located 60 miles from Barcelona, Priorat had been one of Spains important pre-Phylloxera wine regions. And with its unique terroir of steep hills and terraces, Alvaro believed he could make wines that rivaled the best of Europe.

He acquired his first vineyard, Finca Dofí, in 1990. Then, in 1993, he located what is now regarded as the crown jewel property in Priorat, a precipitous, northeast-facing Garnacha vineyard on well-drained schist that had been planted between 1900 and 1940. Alvaro named it LErmita for a small chapel, or hermitage, that sits atop the hill.

In 1995, the flow of critical praise for Alvaros LErmita began, and it hasnt stopped. But Alvaro remained haunted by another remote area of great potential: Bierzo, in far Northwestern Spain. Bierzo, too, had all the ingredients to make great wine: incredibly steep hillside vineyards; distinctive terroirs; and, most importantly, ancient vineyards of Mencía, a unique red grape believed brought by French pilgrims during the Middle Ages.

So in 1998, Alvaro and his nephew, Ricardo Perez, created a tiny jewel of a domaine in the town of Corullón, on Bierzos western border. Descendientes de J. Palacios—named for Alvaros father—produces as many as seven different wines, depending on the year. And since the first vintage in 1999, Descendientes has proven that it is Spains closest kin to the great domaines of Burgundys Côte dOr.

Wines by this Producer

Vint Item Name Size Notes Qty Price
2015 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 12+ $21.95 add
2010 Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 3 L JR94 5 $345.00 add
2009 Alvaro Palacios Gratallops WA93-97 Ltd $49.95 add
2010 Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 1.5 L JR92 12 $110.00 add
2012 Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 1.5 L JR93 12+ $110.00 add
2013 Alvaro Palacios Gratallops WA92+ 1 $59.95 add
2004 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita WA98
IWC96
3 $725.00 add
2006 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita JR95 4 $725.00 add
2008 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita WA96
JR94+
2 $795.00 add
2009 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita WA97-100
NM96
1 $750.00 add
2010 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 3 L WA99 1 $3,450.00 add
2012 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita WA98
JR96
1 $725.00 add
2012 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 3 L WA98
JR96
2 $3,450.00 add
2012 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 1.5 L WA98
JR96
2 $1,595.00 add
2014 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses WS93 12+* $35.95 add
2006 Descendientes de J. Palacios Corullon 12 $49.95 add
2013 Descendientes de J. Palacios Corullon WA95 6 $44.95 add
2002 Descendientes de J. Palacios Fontelas 2 $85.00 add
2008 Descendientes de J. Palacios La Faraona 1.5 L 1 $1,150.00 add
2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios Las Lamas 5 L JR94 2 $895.00 add
2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios Las Lamas 3 L JR94 2 $495.00 add
2009 Descendientes de J. Palacios Las Lamas 1.5 L JR94 5 $245.00 add
2011 Descendientes de J. Palacios Las Lamas WA94 3 $99.95 add
2013 Descendientes de J. Palacios Las Lamas 1.5 L WA96 2 $225.00 add
2012 Descendientes de J. Palacios Moncerbal WA96
JR94
6 $110.00 add
2013 Descendientes de J. Palacios Moncerbal 1.5 L WA95 2 $225.00 add
2013 Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos del Bierzo WA92 11 $19.95 add

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