The now-very-much-all-gone-everywhere 2018 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2021 edition panel test of Spain's indigenous whites (see blue link below for the review).
Bodegas Verum, Las Tinadas Airen de Pie Franco 2019 - May 2021 Decanter review
This 2019 vintage was rated and scored by Jancis herself on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, www.JancisRobinson.com in August 2020 at 17/20 with commentary thus: "Tastes a bit more mainstream than the 2018 but very delicate and fresh. Everyone would like this! Very sophisticated and unexpected from La Mancha. Lime notes and super-fresh. Extremely long and like the freshest essence of lime marmalade. Fine wine by any measure. Forget preconceptions about Airén."
The 2018 vintage was awarded a high 17/20 on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, www.JancisRobinson.com (reviewed by Jancis herself) who described the wine as quoted below. Subsequently made Wine of the Week (WoW) on those same pages on 6th November 2020: click here for the full article on both this wine and a superb Verum red also awarded 17/20.
"Gosh, this is good. Broad honeysuckle nose but not fat. Notes of honey, lime and minerals on the palate. This is even better than when I first tasted it in summer 2019. Clean as a whistle. Beautiful texture and just a hint of bite on the end. There is even a slight flor note …? A superb effort from unusually ambitious La Mancha winemaker (running the old family business that was more devoted to quantity than quality) Elías López Montero. Admiration is due in spades. Ridiculously inexpensive".
See our video tasting here (click link). (NB: there's a correction and an addition to make. The correction: I state the 2019 as being awarded 17.5/20 from Jancis. It was, in fact 'only' awarded 17/20. The addition: I didn't much mention one of the key elements of the wine's texture and flavour: it has a definite ''honeyed' feel.
See also this review by Tim Atkin MW, with a link to a podcast interview with the winemaker.
The origins of the López-Montero family in wine-making and distilling date back to 1788. It was then when the first of their wineries in Tomelloso was registered, which is still on the records at the local archives of the town. In 1963 Juan Antonio López Ramírez and María Victoria Montero established Altosa, a winery and distillery that continues to make and market wines and distilled spirits. In 2005, María Victoria, with her daughter, María Belén, and her sons, Juan Antonio, Pedro José and Elías, created Bodegas y Viñedos Verum. The brand encompasses the wines of the López-Montero family from the best vineyards and terroirs in their property.
Put simply, La Mancha's Bodegas Verum is an organic vineyard which produces mono-varietal wines from both traditional grapes and forgotten indigenous varietals such as Albillo Real and Tinto Velasco.
100% Airén on own rootstocks (identified as ‘Airén de pie franco’ on the label) from a single vineyard Las Tinadas, planted in 1950. Only the free-run juice is used. Fermentation using a private selection of yeasts (Candida spp and Saccharomyces cerevisiae). Aged on its lees for 4 months in earthenware jars, then 4 months more in stainless-steels vats.
There's no better tasting note than Jancis's quote above! But we have also:
A remarkable mineral wine, it expresses the character of our limestone lands and fine herbs and notes of white fruits. On the palate, it is fresh and well balanced. The crianza in clay vats add a great roundness and complexity. This wine is perfect to accompany seafood, salads, all kinds of fish and white meat.