La Cigarrera Amontillado
Producer: La Cigarerra
Varietal: Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
La Cigarerra Amontillado is aged to a minimum of 6 years, sometimes longer. Produced from the palomino grape variety, it is fortified to 17%. It spends the first four years of its élevage under flor and a further two years aging oxidatively.
La Cigarrera began life as an almacenista (warehousing or wholesaling) operation in 1758. Eventually, a small production of 500 barrels was started in in one of the rented facilities (an old convent) of the operation. This would eventually become La Cigarerra, named after the women who would traditionally sell cigars along the streets in Sanlúcar. Ignacio Hidalgo, the great-grandson of the original almacenista head, runs the bodega today. He was one of the first to begin bottling Manzanilla under his own label, and is one of the leaders in independent, small production Manzanilla in an arena given over almost entirely to large production houses.