Campo Elíseo - Cuvée Alegre Toro 2016
Campo Elíseo - Cuvée Alegre Toro 2016 (89 TSW)
Today a new wine from the Toro wine region.
Two big names from the French wine scene stand behind the Campo Eliseo winery: one is that of François Lurton, a scion of the legendary Bordelaise wine dynasty, and the other belongs to star oenologist Michel Rolland and his wife Dany. Together they breathed new life into an old bodega in the village of La Seca near Valladolid in 2016: the indigenous Verdejo (white) and Tempranillo (red) grapes grow here in the hills. The vineyards will be organic certified from 2020 onward; here the cool climate brings forth wines full of character, replete with dynamic tension & expressive fruit.
Their white wine - The Verdejo has been included in the Top 100 by Wine Spectator and it is the first Rueda wine to receive this recognition.
Campo Elíseo Cuvée Alegre 2016 is a red wine from the Toro Denomination of Origin barrel and produced by Bodegas El Albar de Lurton (Burdigala).
It is produced with grapes of the Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) variety, from vineyards between 25 and 40 years old, planted on poor soils, between 600 and 750 meters altitude in Morales de Toro.
Fermented with native yeasts, the malolactic half is made in concrete tanks and the other in oak barrels. Subsequent aging for 12 months in French oak barrels.
My tasting notes
In the glass a medium ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the medium+ nose aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries and dark berries with hints of roasted cedar and sweet spices.
On the palate dry, medium+ bodied with medium+ tannins, medium acidity and good balance. Flavours of red and black fruit like dark plums and blackberries with hints of chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and cedar. The finish is long and rich.
To pair with strong meat dishes such as roast lamb with roasted potatoes and herb and garlic butter.