Definition: In EEC terms, Quality Liquor Wine Produced in a Specific Region, (VLCPRD, CE Nº 479/2008 Del Consejo de 29 de Abril de 2008); in Spain, fortified wine with the Quality Demarcation Jerez – Xérès – Sherry and indication of age: VOS (Very Old Sherry), 20 years old. A fortified wine, this rare and peculiar Palo Cortado is halfway between an amontillado and an oloroso.
- Type of grape: Palomino
- Vineyards: Jerez Superior, Pago Balbaína
- Alcohol content: 21,5% Alc. /Vol.
- Type of grape: Palo Cortado Sherry
- Sugar content: Dry, less than 6 gr./l, obtained from the concentration of residues through evaporation
Production: Bud musts from our best vineyards. Cold, still decanting and fermentation at 22º C. Early filtration, classification by quality and then the must is fortified at 15º with the best distilled wines to obtain the traditional racks. Put into the Criaderas y Soleras system in our fino sherry casks for biological ageing. Sporadically, circumstances cause the contents of some casks to behave differently than is hoped – they will not become fino sherry. These casks are “cut” (hence the term “cortado”) with one or two jugs of alcohol to form the base of the palo cortado solera system. The wine is then aged for 20 years until it reaches the solera.
Tasting notes: Bright hues of very old gold and amber. Pungent, intense and complex on the nose, with a subtle note of filberts and dried fruits. Dry, with excellent acidity; a long, full-bodied and elegant palate. An incredibly expressive and unforgettable finish. Sherry with an amontillado nose and an oloroso palate.
Suggestions for consumption: Excellent as an aperitif for those long evenings or in short drinks.
The history of Bodegas Williams & Humbert goes back nearly 130 years. They participated in the creation of the Jerez-Xérès-Brandy Quality Demarcation and are now considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious wine producers.
The winery was founded in 1877 by Sir Alexander Williams, a great admirer and connoisseur of sherry products, and Arthur Humbert, a specialist in international relations.
Since then they have preserved part of the original wines and brandies (soleras) in high quality oak casks. These soleras are the base of the development and ageing of every sherry and brandy produced at Bodegas Williams & Humbert.
In the 1960s José, Nicolás, Jesús and Ángel, members of the Medina family who were working at different Jerez wineries, decided to steer their careers towards creating their own winery: José Medina y Compañía. Founded by José Medina, at first the firm enjoyed the external support of his brothers, who became full-time partners two years later.
Initially the firm focused their energies on international markets and gradually expanded through collaboration agreements with different purchasing companies. In 1979 they established a partnership with the Dutch multinational Royal Ahold through the Associate Company Luis Páez. These association and subsequent collaboration agreements enabled the family to increase their presence in Jerez; a few years later they were amongst the leading companies in sherry sales at international level. From the firm’s foundation, characterized by canny, aggressive business strategies, they started to acquire different brands that strengthened and diversified their capacities. Their latest acquisition was the international group Williams & Humbert, which now lends its name to all the family’s business activities.
The relationship between the Medina family and the Dutch multinational Ahold dates back to 1979, when Ahold acquired a 50% share in Luis Páez S.A. (now Bodegas Williams & Humbert S.A.), a winery owned by the Medina brothers.
In 2005 the Medina family reached an agreement with Royal Ahold to acquire the 50% share that the Dutch firm held in the corporation. Having regained full ownership of the company and its subsidiaries, this acquisition permitted the Medina family to consolidate the management of the business they were already responsible for.
-Gold Medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2020
-Gold Mundus Vini 2019
-94 puntos Wine Spectator, 2018
-Top Wine Vivino “Wine Style Awards” 2018
-Grand Gold Medal-Akatavino International Wine Competition, Spanish Sommeliers 2016 (CIVAS): “The best of the best””
-Gold Medal and Sherry Trophy at the International Wine Challenge 2015
-Gold Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
-Gold Medal by Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA 2015)
-92 points by Wine Spectator 2015
-”Best fortified Dry Old Style” at the Wines from Spain Awards 2015
-Gold Medal, Sherry Trophy and Palo Cortado Trophy at the International Wine Challenge 2014