92+ Points - The Wine Advocate
”The current vintage for the 'grand vin' is the 2015 Belondrade y Lurton, from the earliest harvest in the winery, cropped from a very warm and dry year. Their 36 hectares of vineyards are organically farmed and certified since 2009, and the different plots are fermented independently with indigenous yeasts and matured in barrel until blending in the month of June. It's very young and very fruit-driven, with the oak in the background and in a very subtle way, with clean aromas, and I'd say good Verdejo typicity. The palate is very pleasant, with a soft texture and again that pleasant light bitterness in the finish, nicely balanced by very good acidity. In fact, this 2015 has a little bit less alcohol and a little more acidity than the 2014. These wines are clearly much more interesting two to three years after the harvest, even if they can be drunk early, as they reach maturity and more complexity in a good couple of years after bottling.” Luis Gutiérrez
In 1994 an exciting new era for Rueda was dawning. It was in that year that a Frenchman, living at the time in Nava del Rey, released a wine that was to change the shape of things to come for the Verdejo grape. This wine was Belondrade y Lurton -a Verdejo, fermented and aged on its lees; an elegant wine, harmoniously integrated in the oak, unctuous, and expressing the complexity offered by the different terroirs in which it was grown.
Didier Belondrade’s belief in the ageing potential of wines made with the Verdejo grape was growing with each new vintage; and in the year 2000 this conviction was mirrored in the building of the winery at La Seca, designed by the architect Vicent Dufos du Rau.