Toro Albalá was catapulted to global recognition after crafting the oldest wine to ever garner a perfect score from Robert Parker. In 2012, the venerable sherry bodega released the now-legendary 1946 Don PX Convento at a sprightly 66 years of age – and the rest is sweet wine history.
Founded in 1922, Toro Albalá has withstood a Civil War, a World War, and General Franco to amass a global patrimony of positively ancient Pedro Ximénez – a grape of little consequence as a light wine but capable of yielding some of the world’s finest dessert wines.
The renaissance of this estate came in the 1970s when Antonio Sánchez, a graduate from Bordeaux, realised the enormous potential of the thousands of casks of sweet wines the family had sleeping in the vast cellars of an old power station. He quickly launched a more commercial range of Fino, Amontillado and Palo Cortado to sit alongside the legendary sweet wines of Montilla-Moríles DO.
This tasting offers a unique opportunity to taste nearly a century of PX. After starting with the Fino en Rama, Members will compare ‘young’ versions of Amontillado and Palo Cortado (with no more than 30 years in solera) alongside the current release of sweet PX. We then journey back in time to the era of Franco (1964) and the Spanish Civil War (1931) via two museum releases shipped especially for Members of the Club.
The tasting will be hosted by Michael Palij MW of UK importer Winetraders, and Almudena Perea González of Toro Albalá.
The wines we will be tasting:
Toro Albalá, Fino del Lagar en Rama
Toro Albalá, Amontillado en Rama
Toro Albalá, Palo Cortado en Rama
Toro Albalá, Cream Solera
2019 Toro Albalá, Pedro Ximénez
2002 Toro Albalá, Don Pedro Ximénez
1964 Toro Albalá, Don Pedro Ximénez Convento Selección
1931 Toro Albalá, Don Pedro Ximénez Convento Selección
Wednesday 25th October
St. James’s Room
18:30 – Glass on arrival
19:00 – Masterclass begins
20:30 – Masterclass ends
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