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Belondrade & Lurton 2016

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Distrikt Rueda
Druvor Verdejo
Årgång 2016
Fyllighet 6
Fruktsyra 9
Sötma 1
Tillverkare Belondrade
Artikelnr B&L103
Lagerstatus 24
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Avnjutes mellan 2018 - 2022

100% verdejo. Fermented and aged on its lees in 300-litre French oak barrels. Each plot is fermented and aged separately. Spontaneous and controlled fermentation with indigenous yeasts.At the end of a 10-12 month ageing period, a selection and blending take place. The wine stays in bottle for a minimum time of six months. The average annual production is 80,000-90,000 bottles, 495 magnums (1.5 litres) and between 70 and 100 double-magnums (3 litres)

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The story began on a hot day in sun-drenched Andalusia when he first sipped a refreshing glass of Verdejo with its characteristic pale, straw colour and subtle aromas of hay. Sometime later, on Spain’s northern Castilian plateau where the horizons are vast and the climatic conditions extreme, and where the Verdejo grape grows in outstanding pebbly soils, Didier Belondrade began to realise that Spain had not just stolen his heart; it was stirring something deep in his soul.

In 1994 an exciting new era for Rueda was dawning. It was in that year that a Frenchman, living at the time in Nava del Rey, released a wine that was to change the shape of things to come for the Verdejo grape. This wine was Belondrade y Lurton -a Verdejo, fermented and aged on its lees; an elegant wine, harmoniously integrated in the oak, unctuous, and expressing the complexity offered by the different terroirs in which it was grown.

Didier Belondrade’s belief in the ageing potential of wines made with the Verdejo grape was growing with each new vintage; and in the year 2000 this conviction was mirrored in the building of the winery at La Seca, designed by the architect Vicent Dufos du Rau.

Belondrade y Lurton is more than just a wine. It’s a philosophy, a vision, that especially values caring for the natural environment; working the vines sustainably; meticulous sorting of the berries and handling them with loving care; developing its own yeast cultures; and keeping the wine almost one year in barrel and six months in bottle before its release on the market. It’s also the signature of the person behind the wine and an affectionate nod to the members of his family, since once he had settled in La Seca, Didier Belondrade began producing two other wines which he named after his two daughters: Quinta Clarisa Belondrade and Quinta Apolonia Belondrade; the former a rosé (100% Tempranillo), the latter an unoaked white (100% Verdejo) and the second wine of Belondrade, which enables an enhanced selection of the lots for the first wine, Belondrade y Lurton.

The Belondrade vineyard is made up of 30 hectares  (74 acres) divided up into 19 plots that bring different characteristics to the wine, depending on soil types, exposures, rootstocks and clones. The soils of this part of the plateau are generally made up of a 10-60cm deep layer of pebbles over a layer of clay and a deep stratum of limestone.

However in the different Belondrade plots there are pebbles and varying degrees of sand and clay, which add further to the complexity of the wine’s characteristics.

The density of plantation ranges from 1,100  to 3,300 vines per hectare with an average yield of 30 to 35 hectolitres per hectare. All of the vines belong to the property and have an average age of 30 years for Belondrade y Lurton and eight years for BELONDRADE Quinta Apolonia.

The vine canes are pruned relatively long because of the high risk of spring frosts and hail. De-budding and de-suckering are later carried out to ventilate the vine canopy, and crop thinning is done when necessary to keep down yields. Since the beginning, the vineyard is worked sustainably; and today has acquired the organic certification.

The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 750 metres with an average rainfall of between 300 and 350mm a year. The climate is continental, with characteristic cold and long winters and short hot summers with wide swings of temperature between day and night.

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HISTORY

BELONDRADE was founded in1994, Frenchman Didier Belondrade decided to make a French-style wine in the region of Rueda, known for its verdejo grape. 

The release of the first vintage came two years later with the winery's signature wine: BELONDRADE Y LURTON – which revolutionized the Spanish white wine market! You could call Belondrade "a Bordeaux chateau in Spain". To make this possible, it was essential to lay the foundations for the project by having its own vineyards, by planting the plots of Tomillar Grande, Tommilar Pequeño, Camino Ventosa and La Bodega in 1999.

One year later Belondrade celebrated the opening of the winery in La Seca (Valladolid), a building reminiscent of the Castilian Meseta, long and elegant, that blends into its surrounding. Vicent Defos du Rau designed the building that would be home to the future of Belondrade.  A future that came in the form of a new wine: BELONDRADE  QUINTA CLARISA  followed by the first vintage of BELONDRADE QUINTA APOLONIA in 2002. 

Always concerned about increasing the diversity and the authenticity of the vineyards, a logical next step in Belondrade's identity, was tests with spontaneous fermentation with local yeasts, making its first wine using 100% spontaneous fermentation in 2007. 

In 2008 the first “ART and Wine” encounter took place, starting off as a summer evening among friends and loved-ones, becoming a solid project over the years.

Defending and practising sustainable wine-making from the very beginning; Belondrade took one step further in search of the natural, authentic expression of the La Seca terroir, receiving an ecological certification in 2010

In 2015 Didier Belondrade's created the "Art and Wine” Foundation, as a response to his constant desires to share the worlds of art and wine with society.

The obsession with diversity and character led to the selection and acquisition of the plots ”ALAMEDA" and "CRUZ" in 2016, two plots of old vines located in one of the best areas of the region. 

With their French sensibilities and knowledge, the Belondrade family is a shining example of what’s possible both now and in the future for the Rueda region

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