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Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado Sherry

Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado Sherry

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Unveiling a Treasure: A Detailed Tasting Note of Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado Sherry


For Sherry aficionados, the Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado is a well-respected name. This exceptional wine transcends the ordinary, offering a complex flavour profile and a rich history. Here at The General Wine, we're delighted to delve into the intricacies of this Palo Cortado, guiding you through its characteristics and exploring the perfect food pairings to elevate your enjoyment.

Grape Variety and Origin

The Leonor Palo Cortado is a single-grape varietal Sherry, crafted solely from the delicate Palomino grape. It hails from the prestigious Jerez region in southern Spain, renowned for its unique production methods that imbue Sherries with their distinctive character.

The Solera System and Ageing

The essence of Sherry lies in its ageing process. Gonzalez Byass employs the traditional solera system, a tiered network of barrels where younger wines are blended with older ones. This imparts a layered complexity to the Leonor Palo Cortado, with its minimum ageing exceeding 12 years.

Tasting Profile: A Symphony of Flavours

Appearance:  The Leonor Palo Cortado boasts a rich amber hue, hinting at the depth of flavour within.

Aroma:  On the nose, a captivating bouquet unfolds. Toasty hazelnut and almond notes take centre stage, interwoven with hints of vanilla and a touch of wood. This interplay hints at the wine's maturity and the influence of oak ageing.

Palate:  The first sip unveils a delightful dance on the tongue. The initial dryness transitions into a wave of nutty flavours, mirroring the aromas. Hints of spice emerge, adding intrigue to the profile. The long, well-integrated finish lingers pleasantly, leaving a lasting impression.

Key Characteristics:

  • Dry: Unlike some Sherries, the Leonor Palo Cortado leans towards dryness, offering a refreshing yet complex character.
  • Nutty: Hazelnut, almond, and subtle walnut notes are prominent, a defining feature of Palo Cortado Sherries.
  • Vanilla: A touch of vanilla adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to the aroma and flavour profile.
  • Spicy: Hints of spice, particularly white pepper, add an intriguing layer to the palate.
  • Long Finish: The delightful flavours linger on the tongue long after each sip, a testament to the wine's quality.

Food Pairings: A Match Made in Heaven

The Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado is a versatile food pairing companion. Here are some suggestions to unlock its full potential:

  • Tapas: Embrace the Spanish tradition by pairing the Leonor with a selection of tapas. Smoked jamón ibérico (Iberian ham), creamy Manchego cheese, or piquillo peppers stuffed with cod brandade are perfect complements.
  • Nuts and Cheeses: A simple yet satisfying combination. The nutty character of the wine resonates with almonds, walnuts, and a variety of hard and semi-hard cheeses.
  • Charcuterie: Rich cured meats like chorizo, salami, and prosciutto find a harmonious match in the Leonor's dryness and nutty notes.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables like asparagus, portobello mushrooms, and butternut squash pair beautifully with the wine's savoury profile.
  • Red Meats: While Sherry is often associated with lighter fare, the Leonor can hold its own against red meats. Consider grilled lamb chops, roast duck, or even a well-seasoned steak.

Serving Recommendations

To fully appreciate the intricacies of the Leonor Palo Cortado, serve it slightly chilled, ideally between 10-12°C.  A white wine glass will allow the aromas to develop and enhance the tasting experience.


The Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado Sherry is a remarkable expression of the unique Sherry style. With its complex flavour profile and ageing pedigree, it offers a rewarding experience for both seasoned Sherry enthusiasts and curious newcomers. Explore the world of Palo Cortado with this exceptional wine, and discover a world of flavour waiting to be enjoyed.

At The General Wine, we invite you to discover the magic of Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado Sherry.  Browse our selection of Sherries online or visit our store to explore the world of this captivating fortified wine.


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