The Brandy Solera Gran Reserva Juan Sebastián Elcano 700ml is produced using the traditional criaderas and soleras system. This Brandy Viejísimo is aged for an average of 60 years.
Elcano brandy is aged in American oak casks previously filled with sherry wine. Its ageing time is more than 60 years and the total content of volatile components is more than 700 mg per 100 c.c.
Production is limited to 1200 bottles per year.
The Bodega Gutierrez Colosia pays homage to the Juan Sebastián Elcano ship by labelling its Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva with its name. The casks in which this Brandy is produced date back to the first third of the 20th century and it was first marketed in 2005. Each year, the spirit sold, only 1,500 bottles a year, is “refreshed” with new additions, thus guaranteeing the quality of the product thanks to this peculiar ageing system of the Marco de Jerez region, using criaderas and soleras.
Alcohol content: 38º.
Since 1838, it has been located at the mouth of the Guadalete River in the Bay of Cádiz. The dry Levante and humid Poniente winds from the Atlantic regulate the ambient humidity. This maintains the optimum conditions for wines, vinegars and brandies.
The stability and quality of the Gutiérrez-Colosía wines are guaranteed by careful ageing using the criaderas and soleras system, following the best traditions of the region.
The structure of the cellars is known in the area as the “nave of a cathedral”. They are tall buildings with numerous arches. These buildings expose the wines to the influence of the special climate enjoyed by the Jerez region.
In 1969, the Gutiérrez-Colosía family bought the ruins of the Palacio del Conde de Cumbrehermosa -cargador de Indias-, which already had a bodega, and in its place they had two more naves built. The Bodegas Gutiérrez-Colosía are the only ones that currently directly overlook the Guadalete River. This provides the perfect humidity for the biological ageing of the fine wines under the “en flor” veil. This refers to micro-organisms that reproduce on the surface of the wine.