Since starting his own winery in 2004, Rafael Palacios has rightfully earned a place among the firmament of Spanish winemakers.
His 32 parcels of Godello, which are spread over 19.5 hectares in the Val do Bibei in Valdeorras, Galicia, produce some of Spain’s most sought-after white wines. The vines are planted on steep hills turned into terraces buttressed by stones. Rafa’s viticulture is sensitive to the fragile nature of these old terraces, and he has adapted his approach to ensure these magnificent structures are preserved. Some of the older plots (or sortes in Galician) are being farmed biodynamically.
His Godello wines were some of the first I ever bought when setting up in the wine business in 2012 and they remain among my favourite white wines of all time.
The Louro is a straw colour with youthful highlights. It has intense aromas of citrus fruits, wild mountain flowers, hints of fennel and flinty nuances. On the palate, it is fruit-forward supported by a taut, saline minerality and a textural complexity.