Louis XIV Elad Superior 25yr Fondillon 500ml
Fondillón, is an unusual and rare wine from the Vinalopó region of Alicante and is produced exclusively from Monastrell (Mourvèdre), Fondillones have the distinction of great longevity, capable of extended ageing in solera, protected by a naturally higher level of alcohol, achieved through overripening the grapes on the vine and are never fortified.
This 25 year old is a blend of 2 different soleras aged in 19th century American oak. A ‘saca’ (only 20-25% can be taken for bottling at any one time) was taken from each of the casks and blended. The original casks are topped up individually with another wine at least 25 years old and will not have another saca (withdrawal)bfor another 10 years. Only 750 bottles were produced from this saca.
Pale garnet appearance with noticeable graduation to the rim. Polished.Delicate on the nose and not dissimilar to a very old and very fine oloroso. Complex, with notes of rum and raison, caramel, cinnamon, and ginger. It also retains a slight savoury edge, with wood smoke too. Refined and elegant.
Light and delicate on entry but builds immediately with the acidity taking charge. This runs through the core of the wine as if it has developed its own nervous system and is evident right through to the finish. Not highly textured (in comparison to the 50 year old) and a little high-toned, with any volatiles adding only to the overall complexity. The flavour profile echoes that of the nose. Persistent finish. There is no obvious sweetness. What residual sugar exists appears to be consumed by the acidity – as does the alcohol. Wonderful balance. Despite the exclusive use of black grapes, there is no sign of any tannin, which has clearly dissipated with the long ageing.
A taste sensation which lingers on the palate for several minutes.