Álvaro Palacios

About Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios is one of the giants of Spanish winemaking, having been named Decanter “Man of the Year” in 2015 – in esteemed company with the likes of the late, great Steven Spurrier and Serge Hochar of Château Musar.

 

Palacios is something of an all-rounder on the Spanish fine wine scene, crafting exceptional cuvées from Bierzo and Rioja alongside Priorat. It is his endeavours in the latter, however, which have seen the vigneron ascend to the upper echelons of vinous masters. On a very sharp curve of increasing demand from global collectors, the prestige cuvées from Palacios such as “l’Ermita Priorat” are consistently commanding prices of £2,000 per case with ease.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £269.74
2019

Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 6 Sep 2021

Catalunya 12x75cl 10 - Inc. VAT: £269.74
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 L'Ermita 2011 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £752.40
2011

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2011 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The 2011 L’Ermita suffers a bit in comparison with the nearly perfect 2010. Yields in 2011 were even lower than in 2010 (and both were relatively large vintages, as there will be no more than 500 bottles of 2012 or 2013), 3.64 hectoliters per hectare. It has a riper nose than the 2010 (aren’t comparisons awful?) with earthy notes of soil (beetroot?), peat, violets, ripe peach and juicy fruit flavors. It’s elegant yet powerful, ripe and with grainy tannins. It feels very organic, soil-driven, full and ripe. Today I prefer the palate to the nose. In case you’re interested in a second opinion, Alvaro Palacios himself was telling me how he prefers L’Ermita 2011 over 2010, which he finds fuller. Today we disagree, but maybe in a few years our opinions might converge. We’ll see. Drink 2015-2025.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 5 Sep 2021

Catalunya 1x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £752.40
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) Wow. This has to be one of the most incredible L’Ermitas I have ever tasted. It has a lifted, mineral, angelic nose yet the concentration, the power in this wine is truly sensational. Fresh and clean and just so pure, it is enveloped with intense red and black berry fruit. The minerality cuts through with seamless, focused, precise, heavenly finesse. That combination of intensity and concentration with purity and minerality is simply stunning. Energy exudes from every drop and this is linear, like an arrow, and exceptionally fine. The tannins are smooth and silky, gliding on the palate whilst the vapour lingers on and on. This is a divine, absolutely incredible L’Ermita. Drink 2034-2055.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,648.03
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £4,732.07
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 6 Sep 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £4,732.07
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £198.00
2019

Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2019 (12x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 6 Sep 2021

Catalunya 12x75cl 10 - In Bond: £198.00
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 L'Ermita 2011 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £627.00
2011

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2011 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The 2011 L’Ermita suffers a bit in comparison with the nearly perfect 2010. Yields in 2011 were even lower than in 2010 (and both were relatively large vintages, as there will be no more than 500 bottles of 2012 or 2013), 3.64 hectoliters per hectare. It has a riper nose than the 2010 (aren’t comparisons awful?) with earthy notes of soil (beetroot?), peat, violets, ripe peach and juicy fruit flavors. It’s elegant yet powerful, ripe and with grainy tannins. It feels very organic, soil-driven, full and ripe. Today I prefer the palate to the nose. In case you’re interested in a second opinion, Alvaro Palacios himself was telling me how he prefers L’Ermita 2011 over 2010, which he finds fuller. Today we disagree, but maybe in a few years our opinions might converge. We’ll see. Drink 2015-2025.
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 5 Sep 2021

Catalunya 1x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £627.00
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) Wow. This has to be one of the most incredible L’Ermitas I have ever tasted. It has a lifted, mineral, angelic nose yet the concentration, the power in this wine is truly sensational. Fresh and clean and just so pure, it is enveloped with intense red and black berry fruit. The minerality cuts through with seamless, focused, precise, heavenly finesse. That combination of intensity and concentration with purity and minerality is simply stunning. Energy exudes from every drop and this is linear, like an arrow, and exceptionally fine. The tannins are smooth and silky, gliding on the palate whilst the vapour lingers on and on. This is a divine, absolutely incredible L’Ermita. Drink 2034-2055.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Catalunya 3x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,200.00
Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,930.00
2018

Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 6 Sep 2021

Catalunya 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £3,930.00

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