Remelluri is an ancient vineyard now in the hands of one of Spain's brightest and most innovative winemakers. Telmo Rodriguez's family bought the historic core of vineyards in 1967, though records show that the site was supplying wine at the end of the 16th century and was almost certainly in production throughout the medieval period.
The estate covers 145 hectares, about 110 of which are planted to vines, sheltered by the Sierra de Toloño mountains and lying in the valleys of Valderemelluri, La Granja and Villaescusa. On the south-facing terraces here, at high altitude, the soils are poor, stony and layered with clay and they suit the production of excellent wines. Vines work best when they have to work hard, producing top-quality fruit rather than putting out excessive foliage, and in these valleys they are protected from damaging frosts and prevailing winds, while enjoying big diurnal temperature swings, cool at night, hot during the day.
All these factors lead to low yields of concentrated grapes of vibrant freshness. In order to maintain the essence of the terroir in the fruit the vineyards are farmed organically, without recourse to herbicides or pesticides, and the crop is hand-harvested, parcel by parcel. Yeasts native to the site are used to ferment the must.
The Gran Reserva wine is the epitome of Telmo's philosophy of making wine that speaks of its terroir. It is only made in the best years, from grapes grown on a unique soil of terraced sandstone and loam. The wine, traditionally made with native yeasts, is aged in a variety of casks, of different ages and sizes, for 27 months before bottling. It then matures in bottle for a further five years before release.