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Luis XIV Fondillon DOP Alicante “Edad superior a 50 años” 50cl

16% abv

Vol- 75cl

Luminous. Deep, garnet appearance moving towards brown. The wine is almost moving towards green at the rim. Swirl, and it’s easy to note the level of concentration. It is highly textured in the glass; not unlike an aged balsamic.
Immediate and concentrated nose, with much greater depth than the 25 Year Old. Complex and brooding. There are notable savoury elements; more so than sweet. Distinctly autumnal: ‘sous bois’, tobacco and tar, bonfires and treacle. Toffee-apple and candyfloss. Honeycomb and lapsang-souchong tea…
Immense of entry. The high-toned, thrilling acidity dictates the structure of the wine. This is highly textured and extremely complex, with more shades of autumn on the palate. Even a touch saline. The extract is such that this is pretty-well impossible to spit. The level of acidity makes the wine appear dry to the finish. The tasting sensation is with me still after 30 minutes of tasting the wine…
Unique and finite. This can never be repeated in its current guise and is like drinking a piece of history.

The 50 year old is single barrel 805 litre ‘70 cántaros valencianos’ solera, aged in 19th century American oak. Each bottle has a handwritten label, with an individual number, the barrel name ‘Saboners’ and bottling date. This cask has since been topped with another Fondillón, of at least 50 years old, and will be left for a minimum of 10 years before any further wine is extracted.

Bottled December 2019
Barrel Name: ‘Saboners’
Total 435 numbered bottles

£240.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 11 remaining

David Carbonell, a wine producer in Alicante who had stumbled across an old cellar containing some ancient barrels, mothballed since the 1960s. His story was so compelling, we’ve followed this through and would like to introduce you to ‘Luis XIV’ and the mythical Fondillón wines of the Levante.

The ‘Luis XIV’ Fondillón wines and Vermouth are the result of an exciting partnership created by David Carbonell of Vins del Comtat and the current descendants of two, old winemaking families: Ferrero Valdés and Ballester, located in the Alto Vinalopó region of Alicante.

It is a unique and fascinating story originating from a surprise discovery. In 2015, Ferrero Valdés, a contract grape supplier to Vins del Comtat, asked David to visit an old cellar at their winery, to give them some advice. The cellar, which included an old barrel room, had remained undisturbed since the 1960s. They uncovered a wonderful collection of 25 very old, traditional Fondillón ‘toneles’, still with their contents and in surprisingly good condition.

It is important to understand that retaining the wine in its original barrel is integral to the tradition of Fondillón winemaking and the natural, constant temperature and humidity of the cellar here, had created ideal conditions to preserve the barrels and the wines they contained.

There was very little documentation or information available to help them identify the actual age of the wines. David and the families worked closely with various experts to ultimately gain classification by the Alicante Consejo Regulador as Fondillón and agree on approved labelling terminology to help denote the age of the wines. Their research included tracing the barrel cooperage markings and using carbon 14 dating on the wood.

This has helped to ascertain the approximate manufacture date of the individual barrels and thereby an estimation of the age of the contents contained within.

In summary, there are:

- 10 barrels ‘toneles’ of 800L, from the end of the 19th century.
- 4 barrels ‘toneles’ of 850L, from the end of the 19th century.
- 11 barrels ‘pipas’ of 500L, from the beginning of the 20th century.

Another branch of the same wine family, Ballester, also joined the partnership. They have contributed old wines and barrels, as well as more recent vintages from their own cellar to add to the discovery at Ferrero Valdés. Ballester had continued to make and age Fondillón wines over the years, exclusively for family consumption.

So, in 2018, David and the two families created Colección de Toneles Centenarios’ (CTC), a partnership with the clear objective to preserve and capitalise on their legacy. For them, the priority was to continue the Fondillón tradition for the future, as part of the heritage of the region.

Reference #:
16 ABV
Bottles per Case
2 bottles
Mourvedre (Mataro / Monastrell)

What do I pay for delivery?

Orders under £150 are charged an initial £9.95 incl. VAT.

Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly.
Orders under £190 are charged an initial £12.00 incl.

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And can we change order.

Deliveries are normally between 09.00 and 17.00 Tuesday to Friday and a signature is required on receipt of delivery. (We do not ship on a Friday for Monday delivery unless specifically requested to do so).

A shipping confirmation email will be sent when your order has been processed and shipped. You will be sent a further email and/or text with a delivery time slot and a consignment number along with instructions on how to amend this if required.

If you are out a card is left, with an instruction to call the local depot to re-arrange delivery. Alternatively, you can inform us to “leave safe”, “leave with a neighbour”, “leave in garage” etc. and we will pass this information onto the courier. Please remember that, in accordance with our Terms & Conditions, alcohol will only be left with persons over 18 Years Old.

A shipping confirmation email will be sent when your order has been processed and shipped. You will be sent a text with a delivery time slot and a consignment number along with instructions on how to amend this if required.

We use Mailsafe packaging and double walled cardboard boxes for secure shipping of all bottles. Clear labelling marked FRAGILE is applied and all our despatches.

UK mainland deliveries are overnight from confirmation of despatch with the exception of the following postcodes where deliveries are made on a 2 to 5 day service from despatch : 

IV 3 to 11, IV14 to 28, IV 40 & IV 51 to 54, IV 63. KW 1 to 3 & KW 5 to 14. PH 33 to 41