Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva cl 70
In 1981, to celebrate the bodega’s bicentennial and look toward the new century, a parcel of Cardenal Mendoza was set aside to commemorate the new millennium. This brandy has quietly matured for nearly two decades, patiently awaiting its bottling and market launch. We call it Carta Real in memory of a dinner where Sánchez Romate wines and brandy were served in the Royal Palace in Madrid on December 2, 1900.
At that time, Juan Manuel Sánchez y Gutiérrez de Castro, the owner of the bodega, was a minister of King Alfonso XII, and ennobled by him with the title of Duke of Algeciras in recognition of his successful organization of the Algeciras International Conference in 1906.
Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real is a Solera Gran Reserva brandy with an average age of over twenty-five years. It is aged in barrels that have been seasoned with old Oloroso and has less influence from Pedro Ximénez.
The sparse color of old mahogany, it has an extremely elegant aroma of fine old oak with traces of raisin and prune, while on the palate it is wonderfully rounded, smooth and lingering, the kind of exceptional characteristics one might expect from a brandy aged over such a long period.