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Leonor Palo Cortado Sherry

The Experience

Drink When...
Enjoying a breath of fresh air
Listen To...
She's Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze
Think About...
What a gust!
Drink With...
Lamb carpaccio with tabbouleh and a herb salad

The Oddbins Take

Like a lot of Sherries, Palo Cortado likes to breathe. A lot. It is exposed to air for the entirety of its 12 year ageing in the Leonor Solera ageing system. And, as with humans, a large dose of fresh air does it the world of good and (unlike humans) it develops the most extraordinary hazelnut, toasty oak and caramel flavours but, despite this seemingly sweet flavour profile, is completely, delightfully dry.

The Vital Statistics

Jerez Superior
Jerez Superior
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Alcohol Units

In stock



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The Style

Palomino (100%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegetarians

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Joanna Simon, 9/11/14: "Mmm... umami in a glass - salted almonds, toasted hazelnuts, caramel"

David Williams in The Guardian, 31/5/15: "While winemakers tend to talk up the vineyardsas the most important factor in shaping their product’s character, producers in Jerez are more concerned with what goes on in the cellar. The great sherry blenders combine scientific know-how, logistical precision and a chef’s understanding of flavour in juggling the many thousands of barrels in their bodegas. But there’s mystery and magic, too: will a wine develop the flor yeast become a fino or amontillado? Or will it age without it as an oloroso? Or it could be a very rare palo cortado, where the flor disappears, leading to a halfway-house style such as Leonor’s, where the Marmite-like yeastiness is joined by the smoothness of creamy toffee and nuts."

Gonzalez Byass was founded in Jeres in 1835 by Manuel Maria Gonzalez. At the young age of 23 he decided to dedicate himself to the production of Sherries and spirits. In 1844 the first barrels of Tio Pepe were exported to London. Tio Pepe translates as Uncle Jose, so-called because it was Manuel Gonzalez’s Uncle Jose's favourite! In 1855 the company's UK distributor Robert Blake Byass was made partner in order to strengthen the links with the UK, the number one market for Sherry. Nowadays the company is owned by the Gonzalez family, now in its fifth generation.

Antonio Flores has been the Master Blender since 1980. He controls the characteristics of all the wines of the Jerez Cellars and the whole team check each Tio Pepe barrel every three months. Antonio Flores knows the state of each sherry in every single barrel in the bodega, numbering thousands. His father was the winemaker before him and Antonio was even born (and conceived!) in a room upstairs, above the original Tio Pepe cellar.

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