We are used to drinking sweet Pedro Ximénez wines, mostly in the Montilla Moriles Denomination of Origin, in the DO Jerez-Xères-Sherry and in the different Malaga appellations.
And it is precisely in Malaga where it is the first written evidence of the name Pedro Ximénez applied to the cultivation of vines, in a notarial protocol of 1540, a few decades after the conquest of the city by the Catholic Monarchs.
This is how Victoria Ordoñez, an expert in this variety who founded the winery, tells us Victoria Ordoñez and Sons to recover one of the most famous and appreciated wines in Europe from the 17th century until the arrival of phylloxera.
The mountain wine, a dry white wine from Pedro Ximénez, which has been sold at auctions since the first one that was held at Christie’s in London in 1766. It was also known as Vino Malagueño and, in France, as You from Malaga. This was the wine that made Malaga famous internationally.
The Pedro Ximénez, PX, or Pero Ximén, is derived, genetically, from an Andalusian table grape of Arab origin and it is not surprising that it entered through Malaga, since for many centuries it was the main port of Al Andalus and, until well into the 20th century, it was the world’s largest producer of the pedro ximénez grape.
Currently, according to this website specialized in pedro ximénez, Montilla Moriles has become one of the most dynamic Denominations of Origin on the Spanish wine scene and, “together with the traditional pedro ximénez, authentic oenological jewels, in recent years some atypical pedro ximénez have emerged, more current, fresher, of vintage “.
They certainly surprise, because when you read PX on the label, you expect its usual sweetness, but these they are dry, rich in nuances, true treasures, which, as such, are not cheap, but precisely for that reason they are perfect for giving a gift or treating yourself and toasting.
Wines to surprise and surprise you
The Wave of Melillero It is a Mountain Wine of the so-called mixed type (5/6 of PX and 1/6 of Moscatel) subtle on the nose, mineral, citric and enveloping on the palate. The acidity stays in your papillae for a long time. It has 11% Vol and is worth 11.05 euros.
Made by Victoria Ordoñez and her children in the pre-phylloxera vineyards of the Los Montes de Málaga Natural Park, it is a young white whose older brother is the most recognized Cantilevers, a 100% Pedro Ximénez Mountain Wine, fine, elegant and surprisingly dry, which is a magnificent detail for 23.80 euros.
Ximénez Espinola Slow fermentation It is an authentic diamond from the Ximénez Espinola winery, in the Jerez area, specialized in Pedro Ximénez since 1729. The nine months of aging on the lees and the batonage give birth to this spectacular calm white, with an incredible, super dense tear, pure brioche , buttery, almost edible; to fall in love completely.
Although its price, 26,80 euros, I can take you back, from now on we anticipate that you have not tried anything similar in your life, not even if you have tasted the Ximénez-Spínola Exceptional Haverst 2017, which is also a gift. For 19,20 euros.
Innovations of the DO Montilla Moriles
Two Carnations from Toro Albalá It is a young white from early harvest grapes, it brings aromas of apple and pear, it is very subtle on the palate, salty, very light, fresh and too easy to drink in a lazy sunset without having to eat anything. 12% Vol. 7.80 euros in Carrefour.
For its part, Bodegas Alvear seeks the maximum expression of terroir from the Sierra de Montilla, from whose plots this village wine is assembled with the Pedro Ximénez variety from old vines. The grapes are pressed and fermented in jars and remain under a veil of flower for eight months.
This is where aromas like fennel, hay, ripe green apples and pears come from; with a minerality that remains in the mouth, where it enters smooth, forceful, balanced; topped off by the palatability of the ripe yellow apple and its good meatiness. 13% Vol. 11.60 euros.
Organic Brut Nature Sparkling Wine Robles de PX It is an experiment by Bodegas Robles that stands as the first sparkling wine made in Spain with PX by the traditional Champanoise method from the harvest and manual selection of the Pedro Ximénez organic grape.
Its persistent bubble is the result of double fermentation and 24 months of aging. It is dry but super fruity and very honeyed, original, innovative and different, ideal for toasting. 12% Vol. 15.30 euros.
In Tarragona they also do wonders
Estones PX, from Estones winery, is a surprising still PX wine from DO Terra Alta, it has been aged for nine months on lees and produces a very aromatic, extraordinary, complex, glyceric and velvety, mineral dry white fruit, with refreshing tropical fruit that lingers in the drink. In a blind tasting, you would never say it was Pedro Ximénez. 14% Vol. 13.95 euros.
Terra de Cuques White live earth wine It is a blend of 90% Pedro Ximénez and 10% Muscat of Alexandria produced by the Terroir al Límit winery under the DO Priorat by the traditional method.
That is, foot-pressing the PX in its old vertical basket press. Once the grapes are fermented, the Terra de Cuques is aged on lees for 16 months.
From there it comes out refreshing, fruity, joyful, balanced, elegant. 13.5% Vol. 25.95 euros. And if you like it, you can dare with its superior, the impressive Gypsum Stone Coster Wine, which is a blend of Pedro Ximénez, Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca ideal, now that it is Valentine’s Day, to gift the couple for 57,90 euros and ask for commitment.
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