For most of us Torres means the Sangre de Torro or similar supermarket wine, produced by a traditional Spanish producer. But this is just the top of the iceberg. As I had to find out during a presentation, followed by a wine tasting, hosted by Emma Llorens Navarro, one of their wine ambassadors, and Halewood this February in Bucharest, Miguel Torres is a giant. Check out they current vineyards:
- Conca de Barbera
- Ribera del Duero
- Curico Valley
- Maipo Valley
- Cachapoal Valley
- Colchagua Valley
- Maule Valley
- Russian Valley
The largest winery in Spain. Nothing more to say.
Now you can imagine the scale of how many labels and how many of bottles they are producing. Only 30% is kept and sold inside Spain borders. The rest is shipped in 140 countries. Actually, since the beginning, the business was design for export, considering the commercial skills of the founder, Jaime Torres.
Of course, all their wines needs to fit more or less on an wide international panel of tastes, including the top ones, made from, what else, two of the most known grape varietals in the word: chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Quite interesting considering the general appeal of the Spanish producers in general to use their own indigenous grapes (even that some of them has the origin back to the mother France).
Milmanda, the chardonnay, and Mas la Plana, the cabernet sauvignon, organized in a small vertical wine tasting, were the wines of that evening. Having a minimal experience with few others older Mas la Plana, is easily to noticed the change in the philosophy, from classical, concentrated, long life wines to more easy to drink now (or few years after, but not too many).
A much better surprise was Milmanda, the top chardonnay, offered to us in 4 different vintages: 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007. Excepting the 2011, a difficult year in Conca de Barbera where the grapes are grown on a 9 hectares parcel, one can observe a line followed by each vintage. Very interesting characteristics provided by the older vintages, honey, butter, toast and smoke, having 2008 as my personal choice out of the 4, because of the better balanced between fruitiness and the mature aromas. Definitely different from the mineral and salty French chardonnays or from the heavy new world bomb-fruits.