“Púgil” is a fighter who fights with his own arms. Romans used the word “púgil” for this type of gladiator. Pagos del Rey presents a powerful and strong red wine from Toro, full of character, structure and personality.
Brimming with tradition, Toro D.O. is an exciting wine region nestled in the heart of Castile and León, in the northern Spanish province of Zamora. This D.O. is next door to Rueda’s territory, and not far from Ribera del Duero and Rioja’s. It is one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Its wines inherit a long history, dating back to Roman settlements. In the middle ages, the wines enjoyed Royal privileges that allowed them to be exclusively sold in towns and cities. Even Christopher Columbus is said to have taken the wines of Toro on his expeditions to America. Toro qualified for the Denominación de Origen status in 1987. With its ancient vines, it is certainly one of Spain´s most promising regions for the production of red wines of impressive quality.
Bright cherry in colour with violet reflections. Complex and elegant aromas of red berries and liquorice. A fruity and soft round taste, with a delicious and well-integrated combination of fruit, sweet spices, tannins and acidity. Harmonious, medium-bodied and with a great balance between fruit and wood.
The perfect companion to grilled meats.
Between 12-14 º C
The grapes are harvested by hand at the end of September, specially selected for the production of a young wine. Maceration at very low temperature gives way to actual fermentation at 24-26ºC. The wine is micro-oxygenated before malolactic fermentation to maximise the extraction of aromas. After a short period in new oak barrels, the wine acquires its remarkable balance between fruit and wood, between vanilla and red berries.
About this wine
“Great food-matching potential with good value gives Pagos del Rey one of its pair of Golds. ‘Lively, young red fruit on the nose, very attractive warm, plummy character,’ said Caroline Catering’s Richard Brooks, continuing: ‘Develops well on the palate, with a good length. Ideal for a range of red meat dishes.’ The Sign of the Don’s Arnaud Fiol noted ‘good balance, medium body with a vanilla finish’. Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
2017 Sommelier Wine Awards: El Pugil 2015
2016 Sommelier Wine Awards: El Pugil 2014