La Bota 49 de Amontillado Viejísimo “Bota A.R.”

Saca of January 2014
DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
22% alc. – 375ml
Bodega: Gaspar Florido / Pedro Romero
Sanlúcar de Barrameda

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La Bota de Amontillado 49 “Bota A. R.” belongs to our series of incredibly old single-cask wines from Gaspar Florido (via Bodegas Pedro Romero) starting with La Bota de Palo Cortado 41 “Bota NO”. This was followed by La Bota de Palo Cortado 47 “Bota NO” and La Bota de Palo Cortado 48 “Bota Punta” and will likely end with La Bota de Palo Cortado 51 “Bota GF”. Until they were bottled in 2013-2014, these butts have been quietly resting in the sacristy of Bodegas Pedro Romero, located in the “Barrio” of Sanlúcar, very close to the original location of Bodegas Gaspar Florido.

The estimated average age of these wines ranges between 55+ for the “youngest” up to more than 80 years for the oldest one, a condition that without any possible doubt corresponds to this venerable La Bota de Amontillado 49. This is the most savage of these five wines, even more intense and concentrated than La Bota de Palo Cortado 47, which is sort of its younger sister. The acronym “A. R.” honors a unique solera named “Ánsar Real” (a type of goose), from which this cask was selected.

Along with the above-mentioned single-cask editions, La Bota de Amontillado 49 “Bota A. R.” provides an increasingly rare opportunity to get a taste of the true history of the Sherry Region. Unfortunately, there are not so many casks of very old as well as balanced wine available in Jerez, El Puerto, and Sanlúcar currently. We fear that the chance to try and buy such gems as these will become less and less likely in the future, even less so at these frankly moderate prices and with the rare bonus of offering access to a whole batch of singular butts coming from the same lineage.

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