Lopez de Heredia's ultra-rare Rosado returns... for now

At López de Heredia, founded in 1877, they have survived many crises, including two World Wars and a spell in the commercial wilderness, when their unfailingly traditional wines fell out of fashion. They didn't change, the fashion did. Today, this bastion of old-school Rioja is once again revered the world over for doing what it has always done: making wines of timeless grace and elegance. They have never been in greater demand.

Tondonia is their best vineyard, and from it they make a red, a white, and an extremely rare Gran Reserva rosé. Absent for many years, it finally made a return with the 2008 vintage, which was easily our fastest-selling wine ever, disappearing the moment it came in.

López de Heredia have now released the 2009, and we have a small allocation due in some time next week. We will not be putting it online for general sale, so if you would like some please reply to this email. We will allocate it out as fairly as we can, to regular customers making up an order.

If you have never experienced this wine before, it is truly unique. Aged in old American oak barrels and then in bottle for many years, it is the opposite of the ubiquitous pale, flavourless rosé that has become the standard. There are no upfront fruit flavours here. It is very complex, with an aged, earthy character.

The unique and personal 2009 Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva is a little darker than the 2008 I tasted next to it. It also feels a little riper and nuttier, with some traces of ripe apricots and flowers. It's also fuller and not as sharp as the 2008 and has a dry, chalky/stony palate. These are unique wines that develop in bottle for a long time.

93+ points

Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 06/2019

Email us with your requests in the next few days and we'll do our best to share it out fairly.