From some of the highest vineyards (1000m above sea level) and oldest vines (80-100+ years) owned by Ribera de Duero’s distinguished Yllera family and made by Jean-Claude Berrouet, winemaker at Château Pétrus for 40 years. Only 14,000 bottles are produced annually.
As The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez says, awarding 96 points (the same as for Yjar) “This really is amazing” and “Vivaltus will soon be an important name in Ribera del Duero". Tim Atkin goes one point further with his 97 point score adding "What a début! Even given the distinguished track record of consultant Jean-Claude Berrouet, this is a remarkable wine."
What a début! Even given the distinguished track record of consultant Jean-Claude Berrouet, this is a remarkable wine. Elegant and refreshing, it has very fine tannins, floral top notes, subtle oak and just a hint of leafiness from 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 97pts Tim Atkin MW
The eponymous 2016 Vivaltus was really impressive. I was already amazed at the unbottled sample, and the finished wine seems even better! It's a blend of Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, mostly from old vines. It fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and aged for around 12 months in French barriques, 20% of them new. But there's no oak in the nose, which is ethereal and perfumed, elegant and nuanced, with notes of violets, wild berries and herbs. The palate shows ultra-refined tannins and comes through as beautifully textured, with a fine, chalky minerality, very good precision, clean and focused flavors and a long, tasty finish. This is really amazing. 16,000 bottles were filled in July 2018. Prices had not yet been set, but when I first tasted it some 16 months ago, they were talking about something around $150... 96pts Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
Needs time to open up, as even at five years old it has muscles and well-framed fruits, but it is so worth the wait of a few hours in a carafe. Fragrant raspberry leaf, sandalwood, tobacco, pencil lead, juicy black cherry, blood orange, melted tannins, all with finesse and complexity. The wine is made from old vines, up to 90 year (almost entirely) Tempranillo sat at between 750m and 1000m altitude, from a selection of their own vines, and those of local growers. This is the first vintage on the Place, and a new project, and it’s standout. 25% new oak, Jean-Claude and Jeff Berrouet are consultants, working along with winemaker Montxo Martinez and owners Marcos and Carlos Yllera. 96pts Jane Anson
|Custom Stock Status||Pre-Order|
|Duty Paid / In Bond||In Bond|
|Region||Ribera del Duero|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Hearty Red|
|Drinkability||Early in drinking window|
|Food Match||Occasions - Barbecue, Pasta - Pasta all'Arrabbiata, Red Meat - Roast Lamb|
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