Beltrán Domecq, president of the Consejo Regulador for Jerez was in London yesterday. Imbibe caught up with him over a few excellent finos and manzanillas.
The focus was on ‘en rama’ – sherries that have been bottled with little or no filtration. ‘It’s a variety that has interest for wine lovers,’ explained Domecq, owing to the greater complexity in these wines.
Examples of these in the tasting included a Manzanilla La Gitana En Rama (£14.50 RRP. Mentzendorff), 3 En Rama Puerto Fino from Emilio Lustau (£15.99/50cl RRP. Fields, Morris & Verdin), and Delgado Zuleta’s Goya XL En Rama (£20/50cl RRP. Bibendum Wine). Domecq also showed some examples with more age, such as a Sanchez Romate Hnos Fino Perdido 1/15 (£8.95. Ehrmanns), and finished with the outstanding Antique Fino from Fernando de Castilla (£18-£20/50cl RRP. Boutinot).
For sherry in general, Domecq’s advice was to focus on the extraordinary food-matching potential of these wines. ‘It’s so important that we’re able to send the message that sherry is to be used with food,’ he said.