The words rare and small production are often thrown around when referring to different wines, but this truly fits the bill for both. Only 100 bottles were relased (120 bottled in total with 20 staying in the winery's cellar). This is a unfortified Moscatel was made in honor of Pope Pio X. The Gonzalez Byass family had done it earlier in the 19th century for other popes. The exact age is not sure on this, but is was separated and labeled for Pio X in 1903. Pedro Nolasco Gonzalez de Soto, eldest
son of the founder, dedicated a very fine, sweet Moscatel to the new
Pope Pius X (Pio X in Spanish) in 1903 as his father had done on the
occasions of previous papal elections.
Jesus Anguita, Gonzalez Byass historian, estimates that the original wine comes from the 1850’'s or 1860's given its book value in 1908 (the first reference to this wine in the family archives). Pio X was certainly made well before the re-planting of Sherry vineyards in the 1890s in the wake of phylloxera.
Our records show that the wine was
stored in a cask called ‘3/1’ (or three separate 1,000L casks) from 1908
until 1941 and since 1941 the wine was stored in another large cask
called ‘Tonel 90@’.
Some wine was removed and added to Pio X several times over the next forty years.
1,173 litres of this original wine were removed in 1911, the cask
being topped up with a similar amount of Moscatel two years later. Again
in 1925 and 1946 smaller amounts were added to the cask(s) of Pius X to
make up for occasional bottlings/‘sacas’. In fact, the last time we
see any further addition of wine was in 1946. Since that time, the
reduction (from 2,559 litres to today’s 105 litres) is due to the wine
being used for blending with other Moscatels and more recently for
Regardless of the exact age this is an amazing release from Gonzalez Byass and is truly a unique piece of history. Only 2 bottles available. Do note these are stored in a temperature controlled cellar and are not in the stores. They will be transferred to the store for shipping or delivery once ordered, so please be aware that it will be a few days before the wine is in the store or shipped once ordered.