Sherry 1914 Berisford
Solera, Rare Amantillado, Reserva Privada, Wired Bottle, No. 034351, Bodegas de José Pemartin
Provenance: Catawiki, 6/9/2017
Well before the Roman conquest some 2,200 years ago, the area around Cadiz, Spain already boasted a flourishing grape-growing and winemaking tradition. Canaanites, who founded the city around 900 b.c., brought vines and the winemaking trade with them. Greeks added to this knowledge and during Rome’s rule from about 200 b.c. to 100 a.d., Cadiz’s wine industry transformed from a local industry to a phenomenon throughout the known world. Vintages from the area around southern Spain soon were being shipped throughout the Empire. The drink that would become the sherry we know today was a favorite among the Roman elite.
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These bottles of Berisford sherry are originated from a solera system of which the oldest vintage was 1914. With the solera system, the wine of the oldest component of the blend is always mentioned on the bottle’s label Each year, they draw bottles from the casks, and newer vintages are added, resulting in a combination of several vintages that may span over a hundred years. Originally the bottles come from the Jose Pemartin winery. The establishment of bodega Pemartin was in 1818 by the Frenchman Julien Pemartin, who became naturalized Spanish citizen a few years earlier. He started to develop a vineyard, acquired the Bodega El Cuadro in Jerez and worked with Sandeman as their agent in the UK. After the death of Julian Pemartin the company dissolved, but his oldest son Julian restarted it. Despite the promising start, the company set high standards; the business was taken over by Sandeman in 1879. It was the youngest son José Pemartin who restarted the brand, with new vineyards, new bodegas, and new soleras. In 1959, the firm was taken over by Rumasa. After that, the brand was merely one of many that lived under the Rumasa empire. The name Pemartin is nowadays still in use but only for a couple of lower-end wines, a pretty sad ending for a famous name.