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Bohórquez, Ribera del Duero 2009

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We have secured a parcel of library stock from this popular Ribera del Duero, the small estate of Bohórquez which has a prime location just next door to one of Ribera del Duero's famous estates. Bohórquez makes an elegant, stylish expression and the fully mature 2009 has hints of tobacco, leather and an earthy, vegetal quality. It is mahogany in appearance, mellow and round and will appeal to fans of wines that rest their quality on savoury and tertiary flavours rather than fruity flavours. This is an excellent opportunity to try a wine that has developed in bottle for over 10 years. Decant just before serving.
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Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2025
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

Ribera del Duero

This relatively young Denominación de Origen, established only in 1982, lies within the Castilla y Léon region of north-west Spain and has fast become one of the superstars among that nation’s increasingly stellar array of wine producing areas. Long in the shadow of the more famous Rioja region to the north-east, Ribera now makes some of Spain’s most iconic, and fine, wines.

The Duero river modifies the extremes of the climate in this high (between 750 and 900 metres above sea level), continental region which is prone to dramatic hailstorms, frosts and heat. Its success is due to the quality of the tinto del pais grape, a local clone of the tempranillo variety, which produces dark, fresh, elegant, intense wines of good structure. The swing between hot daytime temperatures and cooler nights help maintain the wonderful balance and natural freshness.

There are increased plantings of Bordeaux varieties alongside it, though cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec have been present in the...
This relatively young Denominación de Origen, established only in 1982, lies within the Castilla y Léon region of north-west Spain and has fast become one of the superstars among that nation’s increasingly stellar array of wine producing areas. Long in the shadow of the more famous Rioja region to the north-east, Ribera now makes some of Spain’s most iconic, and fine, wines.

The Duero river modifies the extremes of the climate in this high (between 750 and 900 metres above sea level), continental region which is prone to dramatic hailstorms, frosts and heat. Its success is due to the quality of the tinto del pais grape, a local clone of the tempranillo variety, which produces dark, fresh, elegant, intense wines of good structure. The swing between hot daytime temperatures and cooler nights help maintain the wonderful balance and natural freshness.

There are increased plantings of Bordeaux varieties alongside it, though cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec have been present in the blends of the renowned wines of the Vega Sicilia estate for more than 130 years. The geography of the valley is fairly flat and rocky, with alluvial sandy soils interspersed with limestone, chalk and clay/marl.
The success of Vega Sicilia and the wines of Alejandro Fernández in the 1980s led to an explosion of estate bottled wines where previously most growers had sent their grapes to the local cooperatives. The quality of the wines from these estates earned great acclaim in Spain and latterly around the world, and Ribera has earned itself a place at the top table of Spanish wine regions.
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Bohórquez

Although a relatively young outfit, Bohórquez is part-owned by top-quality sherry producer Sánchez-Romate and has benefited greatly from their influence and knowledge.

They are based in the Ribera del Duero, itself a relatively young region. Although it is the second most famous area for fine Spanish red wine production next to Rioja, it can’t boast the latter’s rich history: it rose rapidly to fame when the Spaniards themselves became enamoured with the wines and news spread quickly to other countries.

Bohórquez has a remarkably tiny production – they don’t even have a cellar door for people to visit and purchase their wines on site – but their proximity to the prestigious Pesquera winery mean they can take advantage of some of the region’s finest vineyard sites. Despite their impressive neighbours, there doesn’t seem to be much ‘keeping up with the Joneses’: almost all of the money they make goes on improving the vineyards and winery, rather than improving the appearance of their premises.

A key vineyard technique is to encourage natural competition: vines are planted in the poorest soil at double the density of many other vineyards in order to naturally reduce production. This gives the wines a brilliant concentration and encourages them to transmit more of the essence of the soil, but crucially it also guarantees a solid, firm skin – something Bohórquez claims is the secret to their wine.

Painstaking labour in the vineyard – such as thorough pruning and cluster extraction – ...
Although a relatively young outfit, Bohórquez is part-owned by top-quality sherry producer Sánchez-Romate and has benefited greatly from their influence and knowledge.

They are based in the Ribera del Duero, itself a relatively young region. Although it is the second most famous area for fine Spanish red wine production next to Rioja, it can’t boast the latter’s rich history: it rose rapidly to fame when the Spaniards themselves became enamoured with the wines and news spread quickly to other countries.

Bohórquez has a remarkably tiny production – they don’t even have a cellar door for people to visit and purchase their wines on site – but their proximity to the prestigious Pesquera winery mean they can take advantage of some of the region’s finest vineyard sites. Despite their impressive neighbours, there doesn’t seem to be much ‘keeping up with the Joneses’: almost all of the money they make goes on improving the vineyards and winery, rather than improving the appearance of their premises.

A key vineyard technique is to encourage natural competition: vines are planted in the poorest soil at double the density of many other vineyards in order to naturally reduce production. This gives the wines a brilliant concentration and encourages them to transmit more of the essence of the soil, but crucially it also guarantees a solid, firm skin – something Bohórquez claims is the secret to their wine.

Painstaking labour in the vineyard – such as thorough pruning and cluster extraction – ensures a slow, balanced maturation to preserve the grapes’ best characteristics, but it isn’t easy: extreme differences in temperature between the fiercely hot summers and cold winters cause a lot of vintage variation, so planning when to harvest can be quite a logistical challenge.

Likewise when it comes to vinification, every detail is considered: grapes are transported to the winery in very small crates to prevent aromas being lost through the grapes pressing down on each other, and they use smaller stainless steel tanks than normal when fermenting the wine to keep the temperatures regulated. While the wine ages for over a year in barrels, they are even careful not to stack them too high, also to prevent temperature variation.

Unlike many of their neighbours who try to emulate the new world’s high-alcohol, ‘fruit bomb’ style of wine, Bohórquez wines are almost claret-like in style (although made with tempranillo).

Their passionate attention to detail twinned with the difficult growing conditions means that some years they don’t make their signature wine if they don’t feel it will meet their exacting standards: in these years, they make their second wine – Momo – which offers incredible value for money.
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Spain Vintage 2009

Average temperatures in Rioja and Ribera del Duero in 2009 were actually higher than for the infamous heatwave year of 2003 and it was warmer than the delightful 2010 vintage. The saving grace was rainfall at pertinent moments, bringing respite to the vines and giving the fruit some timely refreshment. Both Rioja and Ribera therefore enjoyed good vintages with many quality wines made in both, though acidity is a little down. The best show their pedigree but there may be some wines that are a little out of balance.

In Navarra it was a good vintage with later ripening grapes like cabernet doing best amongst the red, though all were good. Whites fared less well.

Catalonia also enjoyed a good vintage despite heat spikes as milder temperatures came along at the end of August and welcome rainfall in September freshened up the vines.

Galicia in the north-west had a truly excellent vintage as their cooler, coastal climate helped to provide cool nights after hot, sunny days.

In the south the...
Average temperatures in Rioja and Ribera del Duero in 2009 were actually higher than for the infamous heatwave year of 2003 and it was warmer than the delightful 2010 vintage. The saving grace was rainfall at pertinent moments, bringing respite to the vines and giving the fruit some timely refreshment. Both Rioja and Ribera therefore enjoyed good vintages with many quality wines made in both, though acidity is a little down. The best show their pedigree but there may be some wines that are a little out of balance.

In Navarra it was a good vintage with later ripening grapes like cabernet doing best amongst the red, though all were good. Whites fared less well.

Catalonia also enjoyed a good vintage despite heat spikes as milder temperatures came along at the end of August and welcome rainfall in September freshened up the vines.

Galicia in the north-west had a truly excellent vintage as their cooler, coastal climate helped to provide cool nights after hot, sunny days.

In the south the vintage was complicated by rains at inopportune moments after the heat of the summer and early pickling was required around Alicante. La Mancha saw an early harvest but despite this alcohol levels were generally high and volumes were down.
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rosemurraybrown.com

Star buy: Describedby one taster as the ‘Bloody Mary’ of wine – it is so spicy, peppery andplummy.  Deliciously smooth, supremely elegant, it shows how good matureRibera del Duero...
Star buy: Describedby one taster as the ‘Bloody Mary’ of wine – it is so spicy, peppery andplummy.  Deliciously smooth, supremely elegant, it shows how good matureRibera del Duero can be in a top vintage like 2009. Interestingly theyage it for 14 months in both French and American oak, hence the clove and spicenotes.  It comes from a small young estate set up by entrepreneur JavierBohorquez in 1999 near prestigious Pesquera at high altitude, 900m.
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- Rose Murray Brown

rosemurraybrown.com

Star buy: Describedby one taster as the ‘Bloody Mary’ of wine – it is so spicy, peppery andplummy.  Deliciously smooth, supremely elegant, it shows how good matureRibera del Duero...
Star buy: Describedby one taster as the ‘Bloody Mary’ of wine – it is so spicy, peppery andplummy.  Deliciously smooth, supremely elegant, it shows how good matureRibera del Duero can be in a top vintage like 2009.  Interestingly theyage it for 14 months in both French and American oak, hence the clove and spicenotes.  It comes from a small young estate set up by entrepreneur JavierBohorquez in 1999 near prestigious Pesquera at high altitude, 900m.
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- Rose Murray Brown

JancisRobinson.com

<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;...
<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">Full-on mature aromasgiving earth, spice, chocolate, black cherry and varnish. Lovely sweet primaryfruit is still going strong, but there is a dried, figgy note too. Superbpersistence! Wonderful to get such quality at this level of maturity. Superb typicalitytoo. Very good value. 17.5/20 - </font></span>
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Richard Hemming MW

Decanter

<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;...
<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">Must-try red: Thisboutique estate sits at a lofty 900m next door to Pesquera, one of the region'smost famous names. It has a beguiling cherry liqueur-like nose and aseductively smooth palate of dark berries, blood plums and meaty, earthy tonesplus menthol, cedar and cigar box spice from 14 months in French and Americanoak. Elegant, stylish and drinking beautifully now at a decade old, but can agea few more years yet. A real find! - </font></span>
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Tina Gellie

Decanter

Located betweenPeñafiel and Pesquera, this bijou property is a real find. This tinto fino hasripe damson and plum to the fore, with beautifully integrated tannins and amagisterial finish.

- Simon Field MW

The Scotsman

From a young estateset up by entrpreneur Javier Bohorquez 20 years ago. Spicy, peppery, richlyplummy with black cherry and liquorice notes - from a good vintage too. Unlikemost Ribera del Duero estates,...
From a young estateset up by entrpreneur Javier Bohorquez 20 years ago. Spicy, peppery, richlyplummy with black cherry and liquorice notes - from a good vintage too. Unlikemost Ribera del Duero estates, they mature it in a mix of both French and Americanoak for 14 months.
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- Rose Murray Brown

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