Telmo and Pablo see Las Beatas as “a memory of Rioja from long ago, before the industrial Riojas of the 20th century, for which the process is more important than the origin”. It’s been a labour of love – a tiny 1.9 hectare plot – slowly assembled by acquiring smaller neighbouring parcels on the abandoned old terraces. They have spent 15 years reviving the vineyard by grafting on to old vines in mixed plantings. According to Telmo’s research: “in the early 20th century Rioja was always a field blend”. Their hard works seems to have paid off, hailed as a world class wine, a Grand Cru of Rioja. Luis Gutiérrez said: “There is great detail… a wine that opens up and doesn’t stop changing in the glass. The level of detail, precision and elegance here is really outstanding”.
Tempranillo: Graciano: Garnacha Blanca: Garnacha:
Mediterranean with maritime influence
Alluvial mixed with sandstone and marl
Old oak vats
15 months in a 1,200-litre oak foudre