The new £8,000 sherry from Bodegas Barbadillo

Julie Sheppard

Julie Sheppard

24 February 2016

Yes, you read that right. Bodegas Barbadillo has launched a very rare, limited-edition amontillado sherry with an eye-watering price tag. Versos 1891 dates back to the late 19th century; the original 500-litre cask was given as a christening present to Manuel Barbadillo in 1891 and was kept in the cellars at Sanlúcar de Barrameda as part of the Barbadillo family’s private collection.

‘Versos 1891 is a celebration of an extraordinary man, a legendary winery and an illustrious, centuries-old tradition of winemaking in the sherry region of Spain,’ said Steve Cook, international director of Barbadillo. He described the wine as ‘a true once-in-a-lifetime project, something made possible only because Barbadillo remains a deeply passionate family business.’

Timothy Holt, international area director, added that the company had looked to the premium whisky market as inspiration for this launch. The sherry is sold in a handmade crystal decanter, finished with platinum paint on the collar and with the name Versos etched in gold leaf and presented in a leather box. Just 100 bottles have been released so that the price reflects the wine’s rarity.

Imbibe was among the lucky few able to taste Versos 1891 at its launch last night. Is it worth the price tag? It’s certainly unlike anything we’ve ever tried before, with an astounding level of intensity. Pungent aromas that we’d compare to opening an exotic treasure chest, with layers of complexity and depth, plus a finish that simply goes on and on.

For more information contact John E Fells, 01442 870900


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