In 1941 Mr Jose Sanchez-Cerezo acquired the “Propiedad Viticola Casa Castillo” for development of rosemary. On the terrain was a winery built in 1870 by the French and it was in not until 1985 that the second generation of the family (Mr Nemesio and his son Jose Mª Vicente) started a new project with the reconstruction of the Spanish Casa Castillo vineyard and with the introduction of new varieties. In 1991 the Spanish Casa Castillo wine cellar was reformed preserving the original structure and their first wine was launched onto the market in 1993 as “Casa Castillo Crianza 1991”. The arid vineyards of Jumilla are the ideal location for Monastrell, known elsewhere as Mataro or Mourvèdre.
Spanish Casa Castillo Wines are the young, juicy Vendimia, which is half Monastrell and half Tempranillo, for early drinking. The Monastrell itself (actually containing a touch of syrah as well) gets a few months in French and American oak. Then come the two special cuvées, in very short supply. Las Gravas is a blend of old vine Monastrell with Cabernet and Syrah aged for 12 months in new French oak. Pie Franco is 100% monastrell from ungrafted vines planted in 1941 which spends 14 months in a mix of new French and American barrels. These are hugely impressive, concentrated wines which give a great deal of pleasure.
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