While Sanlucar's Bodegas produce some of the most incredible biologically aged wines in the world - Manzanilla and Fino sherries, namely - a new wave of producers are staying away from the flor and focus on dry white wines made with the local Palomino grape.
Muchada-Léclapart is one of them and a rising star winery. Mark our words when we say their wines will become absolute icons. Born from the collaboration of vintners David Léclapart (Champagne) and Alejandro Muchada (Jerez), their nuanced, low intervention approach are redefining what premium wines really should be about: delicate, subtle, humble, yet disruptive.
We are very excited to be the first UK retailers for them. The grapes for Univers come from the lower area of Muchada-Leclapart's best vineyard, “La Platera”. Its salinity, minerality and purity stand out, its complexity takes us places.
They deserve to be treated with special attention re: service: allow the bottle to stand up for a couple of weeks for the wine to settle, in a cool, dark, odourless environment. Bring temperature to 13-14 degrees Celsius. Still debating about decanting it - if you do, best not shake the wine. just pour delicately in the carafe and leave it to breathe for half an hour or more.
Viticulture & Winemaking Biodynamic, low intervention farming in conversion toward certification. Grapes are hand harvested and go into a Champagne press, followed by fermentation with wild yeast, and ageing on the lees for 9 months in steel tanks generally used for Champagne production. Unfiltered. Total Sulphur Dioxide under 8mg/L.
Region Viña La Platera Joven del Pago Miraflores, Sanlucar (Andalucia, Spain)
Tasting Notes Limey and leafy nose, with saline and mineral, minty uplifting notes. Complex, definitely flinty. Textured, bright, chalky, as you could expect from grapes grown on Albariza. Mouth-filling and ample. A finish that keeps on serving.