Xixarito Manzanilla, Bodegas Barón
Half Bottle // Bodegas Barón can trace its origins back to 1631 and thus be considered the oldest of sherry bodegas. In its present structure it was founded by Manuel Barón Fernández in 1895 who acquired some old soleras from Anselmo Paz, an almacenista in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Manuel Barón’s wife, though, had a much older family history in sherry.
Today, ten generations later, the company is owned by Jose Rodriguez Jiménez and his sons Juan Luis and Jose. It has been in their hands since 1984 and the young brothers are a dynamic force, who in 2014 oversaw the makeover of the entire range with new styles and importantly new labels.
It consists of two bodegas: Molinillos, the oldest in Sanlúcar, whose central naves date back to 1631 and where the 150 year old soleras of Anselmo Paz are guarded. The larger, more modern, El Hato is used for storage and holds 10,000 butts. They own three vineyards (around 140ha), all on albariza soil: Finca Atalaya (previously owned by Osborne), Finca Martín Miguel and Finca Poedo; of which 50ha are in Sanlúcar de Barrameda for the production of Manzanilla.
Producer Bodegas Barón
Viticulture & Winemaking An aged Manzanilla ‘Pasada’ and bottled ‘en Rama’ unfiltered. Great complexity is achieved from its 10 years in the solera.
Region Sanlucar, Andalucia, Spain
Tasting Notes A bright straw colour with a delicate bouquet reminiscent of camomile, almonds and brioche. The palate is dry and refreshing with a smooth, lingering aftertaste.