A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
Carlos del Cuvillo y Sancho was born in El Puerto de Santa
Maria in 1869. In 1908 he bought a bodega there called MM de Mora which had been established in 1783. It grew to become one of
the town’s largest and most respected bodegas and also had premises in Sanlucar.
The firm owned the El Limbo y Santa Ana vineyard in the Pago Balbaina.
Old advertisement (Imagen Gentedel Puerto)
Cuvillo supplied a lot of Sherry to Martinez Gassiot, the Port
and Sherry shippers, and also to Harveys of Bristol, especially for their
Bristol Cream. In 1961 Rumasa got the Harveys contract (not entirely fairly, it
is said), but Cuvillo continued to supply wine via Rumasa till 1983 when the
Rumasa crash left them with huge stocks they could not hope to sell, and they
were bankrupted in 1985. By this time, Harveys had their own bodegas in Jerez. The
old Cuvillo bodega in Calle Los Moros now houses the Municipal Archive, while
the others now house the old De Bandera soleras of M Gil Luque, part of Grupo
Old Cuvillo bodega now Archive (Imagen Diario de Cadiz)
Some of their Brands were:
Amontillado-Fino Basilio, Fino C, Amontillado A.XII, Corona
Cream, Dulce 1a, Las Seis (Light, pale Cocktail Sherry), East India Superior
(Full, rich), Solera Santa Isabel (choicest rich nutty Sherry), Sangre y
Trabajadero Oloroso, Manzanilla La Gineta, Jerez Naviero, Oloroso Fabuloso (reputedly over 100 yers old)
Carlos Gutierrez Colosia bought the Sangre y Trabajadero
solera, which he had always admired, from Cuvillo, retaining the (virtually)
original label. Trabajadero refers to the cooperage and Sangre to the street
name where it was located.