Published on November 14th, 2017 | by Ruben


Gonzalez Byass launches Pio X

González Byass has launched Pio X, a sweet wine produced in 1903 and dedicated to pope Pius X. It was tradition at the bodega to lay down a cask each time a new pope was elected – there are now six casks, most from the 19th century. It was produced under the son of the bodega founder from Moscatel Menudo Blanco, a largely forgotten species of Moscatel and one of over 40 permitted grape varieties at the time.

Pio X is a wine that has never been fortified and now has 9% alcohol. It comes from just one cask which yielded 120 bottles, 100 of which will be released onto the market. After 114 years only 20% of the wine was left in the barrel.

González Byass has been a family run business since it was founded in 1835. Almost two centuries later, their historic cellars are home to some ancient and exquisite casks that were laid down by previous generations. The family has now decided to release a few of these old gems.

Antonio Flores, head winemaker at González Byass describes Pio X 1903 as well balanced, with astonishing freshness and complexity, and notes of dried figs, walnuts, treacle, lacquer and coffee. It shows remarkable vigour despite its lengthy ageing in cask.

Update: supposedly it will cost around £ 1000 / € 1200.

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