Ah well... that does indeed show how often I get to London these days! Would be interested in one or two if you were to get a mixed case - I’ve never bought from them.
The grand reserva is notoriously long lived. Indeed, since it seems that few have had the patience to wait the minimum of ten years until the wine even begins to mature, it may be more accurate to say that the wine is famously unapproachable in its youth. Since the bodega’s acquisition by Torres, I have heard that there have been some efforts to make more accessible wines but that the G.R. remains true to the original philosophy. The Zemis is a super cuvee first launched in the 2000 vintage. It was such a monster when it was released, I will not consider opening mine for years to come.
I trust you are aware of the late Jean León’s connection with James Dean, etc.?
Ré ageing ability of the ";basic"; Reserva.... there’s a 9.6 given to the 1979, tasted in 2006!
I also should explain that I’ve been quiet NOT because I’ve stopped drinking Spanish wine, but perhaps because I’ve been drinking too much. In fact, I’m about to have dinner with Alberto Garcia, I have a San Roman complete vertical tasting scheduled for tomorrow, and I have another Toro tasting on Friday. It’s hard to keep up!