Valdespino is among few family-owned bodegas in Jerez and also one of the oldest. Alfonso Valdespino was knight who fought for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X, against the Arabs in 1264. As a reward for his efforts he was given land in the Jerez region. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family and they own 750 ha in Jerez. They are one of the only bodegas currently producing single vineyard sherries.
Valdespino’s single vineyard (Pago) Macharnudo Alto is located in the privileged area of High Jerez at 135 m above sea. The white ‘albariza’ soil, typical of Jerez, comes from a layer of earth rich in marine fossils. Thanks to the high content of calcium carbonate, its clayey texture does not split; it is soft when wet and absorbs rain like a sponge. When it dries out it forms a hard layer which prevents evaporation.
Valdespino is often called as “the Romanee-Conti of Jerez” and their Palo Cortado Viejo C.P. represent the very top of the Sherry hierarchy. The wine is called Calle Ponce because this is the road where the old bodega was located. It is bottled after 25 years of oxidative ageing (in average). It has intensity mahogany colour. Focused and beautiful with notes of toasted hazelnuts and walnuts, smoke, mineral, citrus and clove. Notes of spices, vanilla and more dried fruit on the palate. Full bodied and with a long sophisticated finish.