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Palo Cortado

Published on June 5th, 2020 | by Ruben


Palo Cortado VORS (Lustau)

Bodegas Lustau are offering a whole range of V.O.R.S. sherries, one of them being this Palo Cortado. The solera is fed from a selection of the best casks of the Don Rafael solera, which was once marketed as an old Amontillado and is now classified as a Palo Cortado.

The final wine is a selection of just 7 casks, holding wine that has matured for over 30 years. It is kept in the Sacristía, a small bodega which in the past was a small street between other bodegas. They’ve covered it with a roof but the street name and the former house numbers are still in place.



Palo Cortado V.O.R.S. (21%, Lustau)

Nose: quite an aromatic nose, full of polished oak, walnuts and pecan nut pie. Subtle hints of dried porcini and burnt caramel with a faint smoky touch. Dates, coffee and a hint of cigar boxes. Leathery notes as well.

Mouth: spicy with a piercing acidity and a hint of charred oak and toasted bread. Coffee again, umami notes, walnuts and a lightly zesty, bitter edge. Hints of bitter chocolate. Quite tense and slightly less full-bodied than I expected. Long finish, with strong nutty notes.

Availability: around € 50 for a 50 cl bottle in Spain, closer to € 65 and more elsewhere. Check The Whisky Exchange for instance for international shipping.

Summary: This Palo Cortado shows the typical aromatic richness of the style, but you can easily recognize the firm Amontillado signature at its base. A lean and tense example of old Palo Cortado.


Very good

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