martes, 29 de enero de 2013

Bodega Conde de Valdemar (Oyón - Rioja Alavesa)


Area under vine: 193 ha (477 acres)
Average production: 100,000 bottles
Address: Camino Viejo s/n, 01320 Oyón, Álava
Contact: Tel: +34 945 622 188; Fax: +34 945 622 111;

The Martinez Bujanda group, who’s best-known brand was Conde de Valdemar. Valdemar is now one of the two companies that emerged from the family split. Here Jesús Martínez Bujanda, well known internationally as the former public face for the whole group, is on his own.

The Martinez Bujandas have been known for building up their own portfolio o vineyards, now Jesús finds himself managing 193 ha (477 acres), most of which are in Rioja Baja, 36km (22 miles) from the winery, which is in Rioja Alavesa.

Innovation has always been one of Jesus’s strong suits; he made the first barrel-fermented white in Rioja from his outstanding Alto de Cantabria vineyard, now owned by Valdemar, as well as the first Garnacha Reserva and the first Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva. The family also pioneered the production of rosé wines by the saignée method in Rioja. So, logically more of the same was expected from him after the 2007 family business split.

The Conde de Valdemar wines have a slightly high-toned, brisk style and the new company Inspiración Valdemar has an offbeat reds portfolio. Designed to surprise and to offer original, unique wines made from indigenous Rioja grape varieties. These are modern, distinctive wines with a personal stamp. Wines which are the result of painstaking selection and work in unique Rioja plots. They are always based on Rioja varieties, often forgotten or neglected because of the complexity and the work required for their cultivation and production. Those of particular interest are the almost exclusive Graciano and Maturana varietal wines, the fruit of strict selection of clones of grape varieties which had almost disappeared in Rioja, or the surprising Tempranillo Blanco.

In the 2005 vintage, Valdemar produced its first Inspiración Maturana Tinta varietal a stunning introduction to this recently recovered (and officially admitted) native Rioja red grape. The stylistic kinship between Maturana Tinta, with its black-pepper and bell-pepper notes, and the Bordeaux Biturica family, which includes the two Cabernets and Merlot. Then in 2009, the first 250 cases of barrel-fermented Tempranillo Blanco were made in the Oyón winery.


- Alcohol: 14% Vol
- Total Acidity: 6.1 g/l tartaric.
- Harvest date: 2nd week of October.
- Grapes: 85% Garnacha and 15% Tempranillo.
- Tasting Notes: This wine has a bright raspberry color. On the nose we find raspberries jammy-fruit aromas. On the palate is sweet and fleshy with good acidity and fresh fruit flavours. This wine matches perfectly with paellas and stewed rice. It is also ideal with fish in sauce and seafood.
- Approximate price: 4,60 €


- Alcohol: 13% vol.
- Total Acidity: 6.7 g/  tartaric.
- Date of harvest: October 1st week
- Grapes: 100% Viura of Cantabria Alto vineyard privileged.
- Aging: Fermented and aged in new French oak.
- Tasting Notes: It displays a straw yellow colour with green reflections, clean and bright. On the nose are very exotic, showing fresh aromas of vegetables like leek and asparagus, citrus fruits, lightly toasted French oak from the Vosges, and aniseed. On the palate is fresh, with notes of barrel aging, citrus character, some creaminess, with a pleasant bitterness. This wine goes well with fish in sauce or baked fish and white meats in general. Ideal with foie-gras, pasta and rice dishes and shellfish. Perfect match for aperitifs.
- Approximate price: 8,45 €


- Alcohol: 14% vol.
- Total Acidity: 6.7 g/l tartaric.
- Harvest date: 1st week of October.
- Grape: 100% Grenache.
- Aging: 8 months in French oak barrels.
- Tasting Notes: This wine has an intense garnet red colour with violet glints. On the nose the wine has fleshy aromas of sweet cherries in liquor and red fruits, floral, menthol and eucalyptus. On the palate has a very fresh acidity. This wine is a great match with dry and semi-dry cheeses, charcuterie and white meats, as well as with oven-baked or grilled fatty fish.
- Approximate Price: 10 €


- Vineyards: The special family vineyards selected for this wine are Las Canteras and Valdemoreda.
- Variety: 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano.
- Alcohol: 13.5% Vol
- Acidity: 5.7 g/l
- Harvest date: 2nd week of October.
- Aging: 10 months in French oak barrels (75%) and American (25%).
- Tasting Notes: This wine has an intense deep cherry colour with violet glints. On the nose is clean and minimalist, floral, balsamic, with some expression of black fruits aromas and notes of new oak aging. On the palate is powerful, structured, we find fresh fruits flavours and new wood notes. It is a great match with stewed and grilled meat, as well as with dry and semi-dry cheeses. Perfect for all kinds of Iberian and non-Iberian cold meats.
- Approximate Price: 10 €


- Vineyards: Single state: Las Canteras
- Variety: 70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels.
- Acidity: 5.9 g/l (tartaric)
- Harvest date: Week of October 3rd
- Tasting Notes: This wine has a bright, well covered, cherry red colour. On the nose we find intense and unctuous aromas that highlight ripe black fruits with notes of vanilla and cocoa chocolate. On the palate is unctuous, with very dark fruit flavours, and rounded tannins.


- Alcohol: 14% Vol
- Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l tartaric.
- Harvest date: 2nd week of October.
- Grape: 70% Tempranillo, 15% and 15% Graciano Experimental.
- Vineyards: Selecting an exclusive and privileged plot of the Ocón Valley vineyards.
- Aging: 16 months in French oak barrels.
- Tasting Notes: This wine has a well covered cherry red colour. On the nose is complex, we find intense aromas of ripe black fruit, damp earth, leather, snuff and cigar leaves. On the palate is creamy, fleshy, fruit driven, with good complexity. Good match with game, grilled meats and stews. It also combines very well with fatty fish like salmon and turbot, as well as cheeses.
- Approximate Price: 25 €

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