González Byass, Leon XIII
Antonio Flores, multi award-winning master winemaker at Gonzalez Byass, has discovered León XIII, a very old wine which was selected by the González Byass founder’s son, Pedro Nolasco González de Soto. Archives have even shown the possibility that this wine could have been produced by the founder of Gonzalez Byass, Manuel Maria Gonzalez himself (Tio Pepe's nephew!). It was dedicated to the new Pope Leon XIII in 1878; just as before to celebrate the election of Pio X (1903-1914). Commenting on the wine Mauricio González Gordon, current chairman and fifth-generation family member, said, “This wine was created in the mid-19th century: a Pedro Ximénez, made before phylloxera arrived in Jerez. We are delighted to be able to release this jewel of a wine as part of our rare Finite Wines Collection, but there will only be 78 bottles for sale – the remaining 20 will be stored in the González family’s bottle archive, El Aljibe.”He continued, “León XIII is not only special because it was so old but also because has not been fortified and its natural alcohol level is 9º ABV. This means that technically it cannot be considered to be a Sherry. It comes from a single butt containing 80 litres.”
1 bottle per lot
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