Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Sweet and spicy aromas of dried figs, nutmeg, mace, and roasted chestnuts. The palate is figgy and nutty, with nicely balanced sweetness and spiciness. The texture is rich and thick. Long lasting flavors of spices, raisins and pecans. (Apr 2014)
Before bottling, "Cardenal Mendoza" is subjected to the traditional process of production and ageing that is required under the regulations, which are strictly enforced by the regulating council for the specific denomination "Brandy de Jerez".
"Cardenal Mendoza" Classico is a Solera Gran Reserva Brandy, the highest category within the regulating council "Brandy de Jerez". The holandas of the highest quality from the alquitaras are aged using the traditional method of soleras and criaderas (2 añadas, 8 criaderas and one solera).
"Cardenal Mendoza" is aged in American oak casks that cave previously been used for the aging of Pedro Ximénez and old Oloroso wines. These oak casks form part of one of the largest Brandy Solera Gran Reseva bodegas in the world, a definitive guarantee of the age and quality of this brandy.
Appearance: Dark mahogany, luminous, transparent, gleaming.
Aroma: Round, clean, elegant, reminders of wine, distinguished, with hints of raisins and plums.
Taste: Well-balanced, smooth, perfectly rounded, with traces of old mahogany.
Its special blend of aromas, flavors and its long established distinctive personality has made it irreplaceable on all markets.
|At the end of the 18th century, the busy streets of Jerez de la Frontera was proof of the bustling activity in the city, which was thriving thanks to the exports of its renowned wines.
The wine sector’s boom attracted merchants from near and afar. However, it was a Spaniard, Juan Sanchez de la Torre, who established the foundations of the firm Sanchez Romate Hermanos, one of the few remaining wineries in the Jerez Designation of Origin which is still in the hands of local owners.
In addition to achieving market recognition for the quality of his wines, Juan Sanchez de la Torre soon earned the appreciation of his fellow Jerez inhabitants: this wine-producer was restless, educated and a man of his time - the Age of Enlightenment - who lent firm support to progress in education and the arts in Jerez.
Over time, the winery grew and adapted to the successive technical advances that were taking place while maintaining their respect for traditional methods. Over a century after its founding, the firm reached a milestone when in 1887 the fourth generation of the Sanchez Romate decided to create an exclusive brandy for the family and their closest circle of friends. This was the beginning of Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva, the firm’s flagship brand.
While maintaining their independence up to today, the winery has witnessed other important events in during its history. For example, in 1909 they were appointed as Official Purveyor to the House of Lords in the United Kingdom and shortly afterwards, in 1917, they were appointed as Official Purveyors to the Sacred Apostolic Palace of the Vatican.
Today, the wines and brandies of Sanchez Romate maintain their international spirit, with a firm commitment to expansion across the rest of the world.