During the 2000s, Frenchman Bertrand Sourdais was technical director at Dominio de Atauta, the winery that discovered the remote and extraordinary landscape filled with very old vines that laid hidden in the eastern end of Ribera del Duero, within the province of Soria.
He runs his new personal project in cooperation with agricultural engineer David Hernando, who was technical director at Atalayas de Golbán, Atauta's sister winery. That same landscape has been his inspiration: vineyards planted at 1,000 metres above sea level on small pre-phylloxera plots which survived the plague thanks to the sandy character of the soils.
Wines are organically made from old Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines. Extractions are kept under control and second- and third year 225-litre barriques are used in order to limit oak influence.
The red Antídoto (around €12 and 60,000 bottles) combines 70% of old vines with younger vines, bringing a lively touch to the wine which translates into red fruit flavours, a racy acidity and considerable minerality on the palate. Le Rosé de Antídoto (around €30 and 2,400 bottles) is an excentricity inspired in rosé champagnes with just 40% from the press and grapes coming from cold high-altitude vineyards which are fermented in new 600-litre oak casks.
Bertrand Sourdais also owns Domaine de Pallus in his native Chinon (France) and has embarked on a second project in Ribera del Duero called Dominio de Es.