Holiday Countdown 2022 (DAY 3) - 2018 Luis Rodriguez Vázquez 'Escolma' Ribiero Blanco

Holiday Countdown 2022 (DAY 3) - 2018 Luis Rodriguez Vázquez 'Escolma' Ribiero Blanco

These are the top wines that stood out among the thousands of wines I tasted this year. Some are always in stock, some are rare and hard to find, but all of them are sure to fill you with joy this Holiday Season.   
DAY 3:    
Chablis takes the cake. In my eyes, it's the pinnacle of white wine, transmitting place like no other wine can. In Chablis there is one producer who stands above the rest, making some of the most profound, long-lived Chablis on the planet. That domaine is François Raveneau

Today's wine is not Raveneau Chablis, however the first time I tasted it I did so blind, and my guess? Premier Cru Chablis from François Raveneau. This is easily the most remarkable white wine I've ever had from Spain. 'Escolma' is a blend from the cool and wet Spanish Atlantic coast, whose influence on this wine is extraordinary. It combines everything I love in white wine: purity, concentrated saline minerality, freshness and precision.

Make no mistake, this is a world-class wine, and a quarter the price of Raveneau. A must for any lover of great white wines.   
Only produced in the best vintages. A blend of the estate's oldest vines, all indigenous to Ribeiro: Treixadura, Albariño, Lado and Torrontés. Grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in neutral oak where the wine ages on the lees for 12 months. Bottled and then aged an additional three years before release. 

Liquid gold in the glass, aromas of preserved lemon, white-fleshed stone fruit, beeswax and iodine accented by an elegant floral note. The palate is immensely concentrated and exquisitely balanced, vibrating with energy and citric freshness. The magical combination of old vines and extended time in cellar yield unmatched purity of fruit and a salty mineral vein. Spanish Chablis.  
Dedicated to tradition and heritage, Luis Anxo Rodriguez Vázquez is a vanguard of Ribeiro's past and future. He farms 6 hectares scattered across more than 200 micro-parcels, vines he planted himself. The focus has always been about restoring Ribeiro to a region of prestige, specifically by ripping up the old bulk wine varieties and replanting with traditional ones native to the region.

Luis, a child of the region and at one time president of the D.O., is as much an expert as one can be, and has used his knowledge, as well as time studying across Europe to improve not only his own wines but those of all winemakers in Ribeiro. 


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Justin Coleman
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