Chano Aragón y Las Estremecedoras Oxidaciones de las Bodegas MANUEL ARAGÓN BAIZÁN./Chano Aragón and the “Shocking Oxidations” of the MANUEL ARAGÓN BAIZÁN winery.


Tuvimos la suerte de asistir a una cata maestra con el bodeguero Chano Aragón ( https://bodegasanatorio.com/en/) y en un sitio muy especial como, una cueva secreta de vinos que https://www.facebook.com/thewineroomclubdevinos/?ref=br_rs  el Wine Room, Club de Vinos  de Juan Manuel Figuereo.

We had the great fortune of attending a Master Tasting presented by winemaker Chano Aragón (http://https://bodegasanatorio.com/en/) which was held at a very special place.  It was like a secret wine-cave which is known as  https://www.facebook.com/thewineroomclubdevinos/?ref=br_rs the Wine Room and which is part of Juan Manuel Figuereo´s Wine Club.Los vinos que catamos fueron de un vino tranquilo de mesa como es el Retallo 2018 a un Oloroso Sacristía en Rama “La Bestia Dormida” muy viejo pero de elegancia absoluta. Durante este fascinante recorrido pasamos por el Fino Granero en Rama, Fino Amontillado en Rama y Amontillado Fino en Rama, (toda una experiencia poder comparar estos tres vinos lado a lado), seguimos con el Amontillado El Neto, que debe su nombre a Juan el Neto, un carrero de su abuelo que tenía dos mulas.  Un Amontillado Premium en Rama con 25 años en madera y con 20º de alcohol. Oloroso Tío Alejandro en Rama, Palo Cortado en Rama “Los Poetas” de unos 34 años sacado de los Bocoyes de los Poetas.  Seguimos con un Palo Cortado “Los Toreros” en también en Rama y de los Bocoyes de los Toreros. A estas alturas ya no sabíamos si estábamos soñando y habíamos subido al cielo, y cuando ya no pensaba que podía haber algo todavía más increíble, probamos el Palo Cortado Sacristía en Rama de entre 70 y 80 años…..espectacular, mi favorito aunque era difícil elegir uno solo.  Como os comenté al principio el punto final fue el Solera Oloroso Sacristía “La Bestia Dormida” de 24 º.  En una bodega que data de 1815 no es de extrañar que haya estos tesoros y cuando uno oye hablar a Chano, que nació muchas de estas botas es como si uno estuviera escuchando a los vinos hablar cada uno contando su propia historia.

The wines that we tasted ranged from a tranquil table wine, Retallo 2018, to a   “La Bestia Dormida“(The Sleeping Beast) which is an Aged Oloroso en Rama, very old but the essence of elegance. Throughout this fascinating journey we visited with Fino Granero en Rama, Fino Amontillado en Rama, and Amontillado Fino en Rama, (It was an incredible experience to be able to compare each of these three wines side-by-side).  We continued with  El Neto Amontillado, whose name is due to Juan el Neto, a hauler employed by Chano´s grandfather, and who had two mules .  There was an Amontillado Premium en Rama, aged in wood for 25 years and with a 20-degree alcohol content. There was an Oloroso Tío Alejandro en Rama, and a Palo Cortado en Rama “Los Poetas” which had been aged for about 34 years and were drawn from the  Los Poetas Bocoy Casks.  We forged ahead by tasting a “Los Toreros” Palo Cortado which was also “en rama” (unfiltered) and which was drawn from the Los Toreros Bocoy casks. At this point, we did not know if we were dreaming, or we had ascended into the heavens.  When we thought that there could not be anything more incredible, we tasted  Aged Palo Cortado Sacristía en Rama.  It had been aged between 70 and 80 years and was nothing less than spectacular.  It was my favorite, although it was difficult to select just one of them.  As I mentioned earlier, the coup de grace was the Solera Oloroso Sacristía “La Bestia Dormida” which had 24 degrees of alcohol content.  At a winery which dates back to 1815, it is no surprise that these treasures still exist.  And when you hear Chano, who nurtured the wines in many of these casks, speak about them – it is as if you were hearing the wines themselves speaking about their own personal existence.Muchas gracias, Chano Aragón, Sherry Explorer Honorario, y muchas gracias Juan Manuel Figuereo, Sherry Explorer.  Fue una experiencia maravillosa.

Thank you very much to Chano Aragón, who is an Honorary Sherry Explorer, and thank you very much to Juan Manuel Figuereo,  who is a Sherry Explorer.  It was an incredible experience.

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