Recent issue #183 of The Wine Advocate – published by Robert Parker and his team – rated Selectus 2005 with 93 points. Jay Miller, describes Los Aljibes Winery’s premium wine as outstanding and comparing it with a top level classified growth Bordeux.
93 points places Selectus among the best wines in Spain and Los Aljibes Winery among the 3 best rated wineries of Castilla La Mancha.
Los Aljibes’ wines have maintained an excellent quality since the winery was founded in 2003 by Manuel Lorenzo. Actually, both Spanish and international wine reviewers agree in pointing out Los Aljibes’ wines as an excellent value.
Robert Parker already awarded the wine “Aljibes 2003” with 90 points, while in Spain it was considered the Best Red Wine of the Land of Spain. “Viña Aljibes Rosé” has been named Best Rosé of the Land of Spain twice, in 2008 and 2009 and “Viña Aljibes White” was in 2008 Best White Wine of the Land of Castilla.
Selectus is conceived in a land brimming with life - Los Aljibes, a splendid 2000-acre estate located close to Chinchilla de Montearagón, in Albacete. A wonderful spot, where nature runs wild in the form of olive trees, Spanish oaks, bushes, scrubland, Spanish thoroughbred horses, rabbits, partridges… Within the vast estate there are 450 acres of vineyards, which have surrounded the winery for many years now and are cultivated at an altitude of 3200 feet.
To produce Selectus, bunches of the finest cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and syrah grapes are hand-picked. The berries go through a triple selection process, so that only the best ones become part of the wines. The select grapes undergo the fermentation process separately, and the finest extractions from each variety are chosen. After the alcoholic fermentation, a carefully-controlled state-of-the-art process is carried out on each of the chosen extractions. A large air bubble is injected, applying gentle pressure to the skins in each vat in order to extract a very concentrated high-quality wine, known as the “lágrima”. This wine is placed immediately in French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation takes place. Once this process has finished, the wine is decanted into new French oak barrels, where it remains for at least 18 months, until it is time for coupage and then bottling.
This is how Selectus, Bodega Los Aljibes’s premium wine, is made. An exceptionally modern, powerful and spectacular wine, full-flavoured and sublime, it is exciting to the palate, and transmits sensations to all five senses. Respected designer Oscar Mariné created the label, dressing Selectus in a ground-breaking, elegant and balanced way – perfectly in tune with the wine it adorns.
Los Aljibes’ objective is to offer high quality wines at reasonable prices and Selectus is not an exception. It can be found in wine cellars for , a very competitive price compared to other wines with the same rating, specially considering that few bottles are produced, 4.063 in 2005 vintage, and only in extraordinarily good vintages.
Wine Advocate # 183
Jun 2009 Jay Miller
Bodega Los Aljibes - Selectus 2005
"The 2005 Selectus is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot with malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 18 months in new French oak. The nose gives up an aromatic array of pain grille, pencil lead, smoke, incense, black currant, and blackberry reminiscent of a top level classified growth Bordeaux. Elegant yet powerful on the palate, it delivers gobs of succulent fruit, well-concealed silky tannins, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will age gracefully for 5-7 years and have a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2030".