Sunday, 3 February 2019

Brandy Solera Gran Reserva 40%, Infantes Orleans Borbón

Appearance
Mahogany fading through amber to a trace of green at the rim with coppery golden glints.
Nose
Full and quite serious with little if any apparent sweetness yet well rounded and it is mostly the well matured spirit itself one is smelling rather than any added sweetening or flavouring. There are traces of oak, vanilla, dried fruits, walnut and brown sugar, but mostly fine spirit.
Palate
Rich, round and completely unaggressive on entry with a hint of sweetness which subsides leaving a drier impression but with only traces of tannin which you need to look for and which are balanced out by the natural sweetness of the spirit and perhaps just a little sweetening. It is very smooth quite complex and has considerable depth, gentle grip and terrific length.
Comments
This excellent brandy is made from a blend of selected holandas and aguardientes and aged through old soleras for 20 years in what were once the stables below the Duke of Montpensier´s palace in Sanlúcar´s Calle Baños. The Duke was the son of the King of France, and hoped to become King of Spain but that didn´t work out. It was his heirs, the infantes (princes), who founded the bodega in 1948 based on the Torrebreba vineyard. To get started they bought soleras, so this one is older than the foundation date of the bodega. Quality was always key but nowadays the products are rarely seen and I believe those which are seen owe thanks to Barbadillo.
Price
31.60, De Albariza



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