González Byasss Pio X Moscatel

González Byass's Pio X Moscatel

González Byass's Pio X Moscatel

Category - Wine, sweet wine, 9% abv

Available - From this month

Location - Global

Price - GBP1,000 (US$1,320)

Sherry producer Gonzalez Byass is to launch an ultra-premium Moscatel made with grapes that were grown more than 150 years ago.

Only 100 bottles of Pio X will be released, with 50 going to the UK market, Gonzalez Byass said this week. The sweet wine is 9% alcohol and is not fortified, so is not classed as a Sherry.

González Byass was founded in 1935 and has a tradition of laying down wines for the coronations of kings and queens and the election of new popes. The grapes used for Pio X date from the 1850s or 1860s, the company estimates, and the wine was dedicated to Pope Pius X, or Pio X in Spanish, in 1903. The wine comes from a cask stored in Gonzalez Byass's cellars, home to a number of rare bottlings from the company's history. The grapes used in Pio X are so old they pre-date the phylloxera disease that destroyed the Jerez vineyards in the 1890s.

Speaking to just-drinks last month, a Gonzalez Byass executive said increasing global interest in cocktails was helping to spark a Sherry revival – but only at the top end of the market. Diego Talavera, international sales director for the Spanish wine and spirits group, said old and more premium Sherries "are really trendy now" among bartenders, helping to drive consumer interest.

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