“…this is fast turning into one of the very best producers in the region.”
— Tim Atkin MW
The genesis of El Sacramento lies in the desire of Étienne Cordonnier, a Bordeaux broker, to return to his family’s roots in the Gipuzkoa provice of the Basque Country in Spain. The Rioja Alavesa exerted its inevitable pull, and in 2011 he acquired a beautiful finca outside of Laguardia planted to bushvines of Tempranillo in 1986. Now, ex-Contino legend Jesús Madrazo is on board to complete the crack team.
This is a single-vineyard, single-wine estate, one at the forefront of modern developments in Rioja but with a firm root in its classic character.