Lagar de Cervera is owned by La Rioja Alta. Back in the 1980s they realized that their white Riojas weren’t the best ever wines, and began searching for a companion white wine winery in Rias Baixas. In 1988 they acquired the Fernández Cervera Hermanos winery, changing the name to Lagar de Fornelos. But they kept the existing brand name of Lagar de Cervera. The vineyards were expanded to 65 hectares (the largest Albariño vineyard in Spain, and probably the world), and a new winery was built. The result is a very impressive wine with purity and balance, and which captures the qualities of Albariño really well.
Lagar de Cervera Albariño 2016 Rías Baixas, Spain
12.5% alcohol. This is so pure, pretty and bright. It has a lively citrus core (lemons and tangerines) with a hint of tropical fruit (passionfruit and pineapple), but never so much that it intrudes on the freshness. The acidity is quite lively, and it combines on the finish with a mouthwatering saline character. This is pure and very treble heavy, with lots of vitality yet no lack of flavour. Benchmark Albariño. 90/100 (£14.45 Tanners, Armit)
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