The wine that's placed Remelluri on the world stage, as a driving force in the future of fine Rioja. Every vintage, winemaker Telmo Rodríguez aims to create a wine regarded as one of the greatest the region has to offer. 2013 was a huge labour of love and an example of how talent and drive can help overcome the difficulties of mother nature.
'La Granja' is a truly special wine with terrific ageing potential, yet still approachable in its youth. A blend of Remelluri’s best fruit, it combines white and red varieties such as Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Moscatel, Viura and Malvasía. This is then extensively aged in barrel and bottle, to create silky, yet structured, tannins that perfectly compliment the plush fruit and savoury spice.
2013 could very well be the most challenging vintage of recent times, a year with 900 liters of rain, which created a lot of problems, including botrytis during the harvest. Produced selected Tempranillo and Garnacha, thea2013 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva has lower alcohol, 13.5%, and aged in barrel for 27 to 29 months. Compared with the 2014, you see less-perfect ripeness in the tannins, and it's a little lighter, sharper and a little more austere. I think this is a triumph over the very adverse conditions of the year. 8,000 bottles were filled in May 2016, when they normally produce around 20,000 bottles.
The Remelluri estate was founded by monks in the 14th Century, although there is evidence dating even farther back of winemaking on these premises. The vines changed hands a number of times over the years before being purchased by Jaime Rodriguez in 1967. In 2010, Jaime’s son and daughter, Telmo and Amaia Rodríguez, took the reins and set about making a series of changes to showcase the potential and diversity of Remellur’s different terroirs, and ultimately reclaim Rioja’s viticultural history.
The first major change was to cut down the production of Remelluri wines by one third, restricting it to wines produced from the estate’s own grapes. The two wines made from grapes grown in the surrounding villages are now sold under the label ‘Las Lindes de Remelluri’. Although Remelluri has always eschewed chemical treatments in the vineyard, they gained full organic certification in 2010.
Work in the winery plays a secondary role in Telmo’s philosophy, but great care is taken to make sure that each bottle reflects the terroir of the region: wines are fermented with native yeasts, each plot is vinified separately, new oak is used very scarcely and the wines are very lightly filtered and fined.