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La Montesa 2018

La Montesa


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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

La Montesa is a well-defined, refined wine, signed by the Palacios family, wine artisans wherever they make it, in the Priorat, Bierzo or La Rioja. With a little more Grenache added to each vintage, it is a flavoursome and refreshing wine, raised on the radiant slopes of Mount Yerga, in the highest part of the Alfaro municipality, in 'La Rioja Oriental'. In the words of Luis Gutiérrez, "The quality/price champion 2018".

La Montesa is produced from vineyards covering over 90 hectares of chalky-clay soils in Rioja Oriental (previously known as Rioja Baja) at a height of 550 metres above sea level. The pebble-covered soils are worked using organic agriculture methods and enjoy a clearly Mediterranean climate with Atlantic influences which emphasize day/night temperature differences. Yields are kept low to ensure the wine's quality. Grapes are harvested by hand early in the morning during most of the month of October, and the must ferments with wild yeast under the watchful eye of Álvaro Palacios. It is then macerated with skins for 35-40 days and aged in wood. Finally, the wine is bottled just as it comes, unfiltered, unclarified and unstabilized.

Ever since the 2017 vintage, La Montesa vines have held the official organic agriculture certificate. Hours of work and effort have gone into making it one of the organic wines with the largest production in the world.

It has a moderately dense claret colour and delights the nose with wild red fruits, flowers, and spicy hints from its time in wood. Elegantly tantalizing in the mouth, it is a fine, fresh, subtle and delicate wine offering polished tannins and intense and deep flavours – toasted notes also appear, alongside hints of undergrowth and fallen leaves. Despite its large-scale production (650,000 bottles a year), La Montesa is a guarantee of quality year after year, deservedly winning its place among the list of best-value-for-money wines. A wine worth so much more than its price.

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Roasted poultry, Roast suckling pig, Rabbit with mushrooms

Ratings and awards

201993 PK93 PN
201893+ PK93 PN
201716.5 JR92 SK92 PK93 PN
201694 SK93 PK92 PN
201593 SK92+ PK92 PN
201491 SK92 PK91 PN
JR: Jancis robinsonSK: SucklingPK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker

Transparent crimson. Sweet vanilla oak on the nose that's by no means unpleasant! Rich, sweet, with sufficient freshness and this could only be rioja. Really lively, vibrant wine that expresses where it comes from. Long. QGV - Quite good value.

— Jancis Robinson (10/03/2021) Vintage 2017 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

The quality/price champion 2018 La Montesa is now 100% Garnacha from organically farmed vineyards from the 100-hectare family property that gives the wine its name. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats and matured in barriques, 85% of them produced with French oak and the rest with American oak. It feels very young, and the oak is still present; and the American oak, which is spicy and smoky, with ashy incense and vanilla with some sweet undertones, gives it a character that brings back the character of the traditional wines from yesteryear in a very clean way. It has vibrant freshness and should develop nicely with a couple of years in bottle. It has great purity and typicity, less Mediterranean than the 2017, nicely textured, velvety. I think the breakthrough vintage for this wine was 2015. This has all the grapes that would have been used for the Propiedad label, which was not bottled separately in 2018. It carries the EU organic-farming label. It's quite impressive for the quantity they produce—700,000 bottles. They started bottling in April 2020 from a single master blend. I tasted one of the first bottles.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 93+ PARKER

Customer reviews

192 reviews

Wine making

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period12 months
Type of woodFrench and american oak


ClimateMediterranean with atlantic influence

The winery

Bodegas Palacios Remondo

Bodegas Palacios Remondo

The Palacios family boasts an impressive vinicultural tradition that goes back over the last four generations. However, it was José Palacios Remondo who was really responsible for making the winery what it is today, by planting the best possible selection of La Rioja’s traditional grape varieties, and treating viticulture as his true vocation. Showing great vision for the future, he sent his children (now in charge of the company) to be trained at the best French...