Wine Appellations

D.O., So Dear Marques de Grinon’s Family Estate Translates into Innovation for Spanish Wine

Meridith May

The D.O. is named Dominio de Valdepusa, situated in the city of Toledo, about 100 miles southwest of Madrid. “It’s about as far as you can get from the sea,” Julio Mourelle Lopez told us, the Winemaker for Marques de Grinon. Hot dry summers, cold winters and a high elevation add to the wines deep concentration of fruit.

But add the innovations of one of the most heralded names in Spanish wines and you’ll understand the very nature of this elegant offering: Carlos Falco.

Founder and winery President Carlos Falco’s early history saw him studying agriculture and engineering in Belgium and graduated from UC Davis in 1964. He was the first to introduce Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to Spain, and achieving his own estate D.O. was no small feat.

It was a result of his efforts to modernize Spanish winemaking techniques that caught the attention of the Spanish government to acknowledge a lifetime of dedication to the wine industry on his part. His pioneering and dedication includes the introduction of drip irrigation to this arid area (which also contributes to the wines fantastic acidity) as well as trellis systems for training vines and the use of the seemingly magical, but actually highly scientific dendrometers. These devices monitor the water stress in the vines, and aid the winemaking team in determining the necessary flow or ebbs that eventually affect the all-so-important character of the fruit.

When Falco tasted the celebrated California Cabernet Sauvignon in the ‘60s, he deemed it his goal to achieve that same greatness from the soils of his family estate.

Although the Marques de Grinon label was available several years ago in the U.S. under the umbrella of another importer, Moet Hennessy has taken the label in their flock and is reintroducing it to the U.S. this month. (Distributed by Pacific Wine & Spirits)


The Wines of Marques de Grinon


Dominio de Valdepusa 2002 Syrah combines the fruit sensation of the new world with the texture and roundness of the old. It achieves power and elegance simultaneously while also delivering the sensation of tasting sunshine and soil.


Dominio de Valdepusa 2002 Petit Verdot

While it may be used as a blending grape in Bordeaux, Marques de Grinon Petit Verdot is an entirely different animal grown in the soils of the winery’s Castilla-La Mancha estate. Inky deep in color, it has the structure of a Cabernet Sauvignon, but with an additional inner core, its fruity red berries offering punch with finesse.



Dominio de Valdepusa 2000 Emeritvs is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (produced in the pioneer vineyard of this variety in Castilla-La Mancha, once outlawed in Spain) and from the country’s first plantings of Syrah and Petit Verdot in 1991-1992.

The Marques d Grinon winemaking team tastes all the components and decides their destiny. If qualified, they go to Emeritvs, searching for the most balanced, elegant and most age-worthy fruit. The varietals are then blended together in oak and age for another year. This masterful blend, in its first vintage, marks the new generation of Spanish wines, in Grand Cru mind set.



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