R. López de Heredia

This family-owned winery makes highly individual wines in a style essentially unchanged since its inception in 1877. They grow all their grapes using organic methods, ferment using only natural yeasts and do not filter their wines. They employ four full-time coopers to make their barrels. Gravonia, Tondonia, Bosconia and Cubillo are all individual vineyards which have been in the family for generations.

Patience is a family watchword, as this bodega thinks nothing of waiting twenty years before releasing a wine. Their “Crianzas” are aged like others’ “Reservas”; the “Reservas” as long as others’ “Gran Reservas”. And the ultimate accolade of “Gran Reserva” is accorded to only the very greatest vintages. Rarely are there more than three of these in a decade. These are uniquely traditional Riojas of international repute.

Both red and white are capable of staggering longevity. We are immensely proud to represent them. The only rub is that the estate’s uniqueness has now become universally recognised with a resultant run on stocks. Starting in 2014, our allocations of almost every wine have been essentially halved, so please prepare not to get everything you want.

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Available Wines

Lopez de Heredia 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva

Tondonia typically stays in the oak a year longer than Bosconia, so this was released later. Despite the extra wood, sweet fruit and lead pencil notes dominate this wine, whose brightness and liveliness promise decades of potential. Ancient vines and great know-how ensure that Tondonia always delivers the goods, even in the year after a great act like 2001. This is the one wine offered us by Lopez de Heredia whose supply is essentially unrestricted, so have at it! The 2003 defies the straitjacket of the hot vintage, as Cubillo and Bosconia proved to do before it. And 2004 is a justly anticipated vintage in the great tradition.

Lopez de Heredia 2005 Viña Bosconia Reserva

Bosconia tends to be rounder and earthier than Tondonia, leading to Burgundy/Bordeaux comparisons. 2004 is regarded as a classic vintage in Rioja, though the antiquity of this estate’s vines and the steadiness of their approach ensure that they consistently turn out grand wines.  80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo & Graciano

Lopez de Heredia 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva

Tondonia typically stays in the oak a year longer than Bosconia, so this was released later. Despite the extra wood, sweet fruit and lead pencil notes dominate this wine, whose brightness and liveliness promise decades of potential. Ancient vines and great know-how ensure that Tondonia always delivers the goods, even in the year after a great act like 2001. This is the one wine offered us by Lopez de Heredia whose supply is essentially unrestricted, so have at it! The 2003 defies the straitjacket of the hot vintage, as Cubillo and Bosconia proved to do before it.

Lopez de Heredia 2007 Viña Gravonia Crianza (Blanco)

Few Rioja producers make this style anymore, and none make it as well – waxy, floral, delicate wine with the character of a top-quality Graves. This gives intellectual and sensual pleasure in equal parts. It is not for everybody, but that is a true mark of character.

Lopez de Heredia 2008 Viña Cubillo Crianza

Redolent of red fruits, tomato and mint, equal parts rustic and refined, this earthy, lively red bears no resemblance to the current “international” style of Rioja, nor to the pale, oaky, “smooth” overcropped wines of the 1970’s. Cubillo stands out in today’s wine universe for the mannerliness and clarity of its expression and its unmistakable class.