ORLEANS BORBON MANZANILLA FINA MANZANILLA SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA
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In 1849, during an exploration expedition of Andalucía, Don Antonio de Orleans, the Duke of Montpensier and son of King Louis Philippe of France, fell in love with the magical fishing village of Sanlucar de Barrameda and planted his roots there. Among various business ventures Don Antonio de Orleans began cultivating vineyards and slowly building the foundation for the family tradition that would become Sherry. A century later, his descendants developed the family's various ventures into a Brandy and Sherry business which carries on today as Bodegas los Infantes de Orleans Borbón. Housed in a XIX century courtyard palace influenced by the Moors, this classically built winery within Sanlucar de Barrameda, cellars some of the finest sherry soleras in the region. Today, Infantes de Orleans de Borbons is owned by the Spanish Royal Family and until very recently, these wines were sold only in very limited quantities outside of the Royal House -- wines fit for a King.
Manzanilla can only come one from place in the world, Sanlucar de Barrameda, because of its natural environment's ability to grow flor, an indigenous yeast byproduct of fermentation that when developed in this three tier microclimate of Sanlucar, creates a unique and complex style of fino wine called Manzanilla. This is the first time that the Royal wines of Orleans Borbon are available for sales in the United States.
100% Palomino. Vines planted in 1973. Tended in albariza soil from 40 - 90 m (131 - 295 ft) of elevation.
This fresh Manzanilla is bottled from 3 criaderas with an average of 5 years. To enhance its characteristic freshness, there are only 2 bottlings per year which happen during the late Spring and Fall when the flor is at its peak growth. It is during this time that the wines are more strongly protected and therefore express a finesse and delicacy that is enhanced by a rich lees-y quality.
PRODUCTION: 1,500 cases
TASTING NOTES: Straw in color with tangy aromas of the sea rounded out by fruity lemon curd, almond skin, toasted bread and yeasty notes on the palate, this Manzanilla has a complexity fit for a King.