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One of the jewels in the Dominio del Aguila crown. Jorge cut his teeth in the cellars of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, and was an integral part of their 2000 and 2001 Montrachet. His mastery in producing fine white wine is undeniable.
Jorge's own 'Aguila Blanco' is one of a rare handful of white Ribera del Duero's. Made from Albillo, the fruit came from an ancient, organically farmed vineyard that sits at just over 800m above sea level. High altitude, combined with brilliant sunshine, contribute to a full-bodied yet fresh, intense mineral character. This shines against a backdrop of citrus and orchard fruit and is rounded out with a lovely saline edge.We would go as far as to say, that this is one of the worlds greatest fine white wines.
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Jorge Monzón is shaking up the way Ribera del Duero’s wines are seen. Where many are rich, ripe and bold, his are elegant, restrained and extremely terroir expressive. Dominio del Águila was set up in 2010 by Jorge and partner Isabel Rodero, in the village of La Aguilera. It may be a fairly new project in Ribera, but he has some pretty impressive experience under his belt.
Jorge studied viticulture in Bordeaux and Burgundy, his first position was at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, before moving to Spain where he worked a year at Vega Sicilia. While working with Bodegas Arzuaga-Navarro, he identified some old vineyards in the region, whose fruit was at that time sold ending up in the best cuvées of several top producers. Jorge bought the sites and started making wine from these exceptional old vineyards. Some of the vineyards are over 100 years old, mainly of Tempranillo, with some Blanca del País, Bobal, Garnacha, Albillo and Tempranillo Gris, all are farmed following organic and biodynamic methods.
Their philosophy, and the resulting wines, demonstrate the harmony between traditional and modern technical knowledge. ‘Our goal is to make pure and fine wines... which are able to age for a long time, but that can also be enjoyed at any time’. Their wines show extraordinary complexity – it’s intriguing to think how these will age long term.