Álvaro Palacios

About Álvaro Palacios

The Palacios name is revered in the world of Spanish fine wine. The family's patriarch José Palacios Remondo started his Rioja winery in 1945, and with four of his nine children following in his footsteps, the dynasty lives on. His seventh child, son Álvaro Palacios put the acclaimed region of Priorat on the map with one of Spain's finest, most sought-after wines; the genre-defining L'Ermita.

Decanter Man of the Year (2015), Álvaro Palacios joined the hall of fame alongside winemaking legends; Robert Mondavi, Angelo Gaja & Serge Hochar. Having spent 2 years working at Petrus under Jean Pierre Moueix, before working alongside Rene Barbier, one of the biggest names in Priorat, Álvaro was well equipped when he started his own winery back in 1989.

Álvaro is "the dynamo and tour de force that has propelled Priorat to the forefront of the Spanish wine scene" – Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate. The scarcity and excellence of his flagship L’Ermita mean it comes at a premium, which is why it gives us great pleasure to offer the more affordable, and excitingly the highest-scoring vintage yet of Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2019.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £257.74
2019

Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2021

Catalunya 12x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £257.74
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £266.03
2015

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 2 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £266.03
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £195.23
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)

Vinous (96)

Full ruby-red. Mineral-accented red and dark berry preserve, incense and exotic spice aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied violet. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, showing superb clarity to sweet, mineral-inflected black raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors. The mineral quality echoes emphatically on the youthfully tannic, impressively long finish, which shows outstanding energy and floral lift.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £195.23
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £464.87
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)

Vinous (96)

Full ruby-red. Mineral-accented red and dark berry preserve, incense and exotic spice aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied violet. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, showing superb clarity to sweet, mineral-inflected black raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors. The mineral quality echoes emphatically on the youthfully tannic, impressively long finish, which shows outstanding energy and floral lift.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £464.87
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £524.87
2019

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The single-vineyard red 2019 Finca Dofí comes from the 14 hectares of vines planted across three parajes (lieu-dits) in Gratallops. This year, it's 87% Garnacha, 12% Cariñena and 1% white grapes (Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 14 months. It's classy, elegant and fresh with very clean aromas and flavors, not lacking concentration or power. There is superb definition and purity here; it has to be the finest and most elegant Dofí to date. It has finer tannins and more elegance than La Baixada this year. The 2018 was fragrant and this has more clout but superb balance. These two vintages have been great for Dofí. I still remember the 2005, hard as nails then and what the wine is now—spherical and velvety. Dofí on a roll... It was bottled in May 2021, and 21,146 bottles were produced.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £524.87
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £344.87
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2018 (6x75cl) This is just so sweet on the nose with crunchy, red and black fruit coming through. It is lively, yet juicy to the core with absolutely lovely, palate-coating fruit. The flavours are fine, lifted and pure yet so accessible, with a summer pudding freshness and a wonderful length. Delicious. Drink 2021-2030.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 4 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £344.87
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,402.03
2015

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

Aromas of blueberry, purple fruits, violet petal, blue slate ... moss. Full body yet compacted and compressed with amazing mouthfeel of fine-grained tannins. Structured yet superbly balanced making it so attractive now. 2,300 bottles made. Drink or hold.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,402.03
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,882.03
2016

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

As I saw in some of the other wines, there is a lot more Cariñena in the still unbottled 2016 L'Ermita than in the 2015. The varietal breakdown was approximately 85% Garnacha, 14% Cariñena and 1% white grapes—Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and PX. The grapes are manually sorted and destemmed by the team that picks them and are put to ferment in an oak vat with the natural yeasts from the grapes. Malolactic was in barrique, which is where the wine was maturing when I tasted it. It has electric acidity that makes it vibrant, even if the nose might be a bit shy. I don't remember a vintage of L'Ermita with this concentration and acidity. We have to see how the élevage rounds it out, but this could be a very important vintage for L'Ermita. The expectation is to bottle some 2,000 bottles of this in May/June 2018.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,882.03
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,648.03
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

The flagship 2018 L'Ermita is already classified as Gran Vinya Classificada, the new category of grand cru vineyards from the Priorat appellation of origin. Like the 2017, the blend here is mostly Garnacha with about 20% Cariñena (the highest for this wine) and 2% of white grapes. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats with a maceration of 56 days and matured in oak barrels of different sizes for 14 months. The grapes were picked quite late but on the same date as the previous year, the 17th of October, because the vineyard is so regular. The wine is aromatic, intense and elegant, with a lifted nose and a high-pitched note of violet pastille, more refined than the Aubaguetes and Baixada. It is classical and proportioned, with contained and complex aromas and flavors and lots of energy, light in its feel but with inner power and strength. As with most great wines, it should develop nicely and for a long time in bottle but will drink well throughout its life. Grand vin, yes. 2,440 bottles were filled in April 2020.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,648.03
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £188.00
2019

Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2021

Catalunya 12x75cl 1 - In Bond: £188.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £215.00
2015

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 2 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £215.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £156.00
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)

Vinous (96)

Full ruby-red. Mineral-accented red and dark berry preserve, incense and exotic spice aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied violet. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, showing superb clarity to sweet, mineral-inflected black raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors. The mineral quality echoes emphatically on the youthfully tannic, impressively long finish, which shows outstanding energy and floral lift.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £156.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £374.00
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)

Vinous (96)

Full ruby-red. Mineral-accented red and dark berry preserve, incense and exotic spice aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied violet. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, showing superb clarity to sweet, mineral-inflected black raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors. The mineral quality echoes emphatically on the youthfully tannic, impressively long finish, which shows outstanding energy and floral lift.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £374.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £424.00
2019

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The single-vineyard red 2019 Finca Dofí comes from the 14 hectares of vines planted across three parajes (lieu-dits) in Gratallops. This year, it's 87% Garnacha, 12% Cariñena and 1% white grapes (Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 14 months. It's classy, elegant and fresh with very clean aromas and flavors, not lacking concentration or power. There is superb definition and purity here; it has to be the finest and most elegant Dofí to date. It has finer tannins and more elegance than La Baixada this year. The 2018 was fragrant and this has more clout but superb balance. These two vintages have been great for Dofí. I still remember the 2005, hard as nails then and what the wine is now—spherical and velvety. Dofí on a roll... It was bottled in May 2021, and 21,146 bottles were produced.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £424.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £274.00
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2018 (6x75cl) This is just so sweet on the nose with crunchy, red and black fruit coming through. It is lively, yet juicy to the core with absolutely lovely, palate-coating fruit. The flavours are fine, lifted and pure yet so accessible, with a summer pudding freshness and a wonderful length. Delicious. Drink 2021-2030.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 4 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £274.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £1,995.00
2015

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

Aromas of blueberry, purple fruits, violet petal, blue slate ... moss. Full body yet compacted and compressed with amazing mouthfeel of fine-grained tannins. Structured yet superbly balanced making it so attractive now. 2,300 bottles made. Drink or hold.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,995.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £2,395.00
2016

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

As I saw in some of the other wines, there is a lot more Cariñena in the still unbottled 2016 L'Ermita than in the 2015. The varietal breakdown was approximately 85% Garnacha, 14% Cariñena and 1% white grapes—Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and PX. The grapes are manually sorted and destemmed by the team that picks them and are put to ferment in an oak vat with the natural yeasts from the grapes. Malolactic was in barrique, which is where the wine was maturing when I tasted it. It has electric acidity that makes it vibrant, even if the nose might be a bit shy. I don't remember a vintage of L'Ermita with this concentration and acidity. We have to see how the élevage rounds it out, but this could be a very important vintage for L'Ermita. The expectation is to bottle some 2,000 bottles of this in May/June 2018.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,395.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £2,200.00
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

The flagship 2018 L'Ermita is already classified as Gran Vinya Classificada, the new category of grand cru vineyards from the Priorat appellation of origin. Like the 2017, the blend here is mostly Garnacha with about 20% Cariñena (the highest for this wine) and 2% of white grapes. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats with a maceration of 56 days and matured in oak barrels of different sizes for 14 months. The grapes were picked quite late but on the same date as the previous year, the 17th of October, because the vineyard is so regular. The wine is aromatic, intense and elegant, with a lifted nose and a high-pitched note of violet pastille, more refined than the Aubaguetes and Baixada. It is classical and proportioned, with contained and complex aromas and flavors and lots of energy, light in its feel but with inner power and strength. As with most great wines, it should develop nicely and for a long time in bottle but will drink well throughout its life. Grand vin, yes. 2,440 bottles were filled in April 2020.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,200.00

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