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Yjar 2019 released on La Place de Bordeaux 

By September 13, 2023Fine Wine Market, Releases, Spain
  • Telmo Rodriguez’s Yjar 2019 has been released internationally for £1,224 per 12×75. 
  • The wine was scored by 97 points from The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez. 
  • This is the third vintage of the first Rioja to be distributed through La Place de Bordeaux. 

Telmo Rodriguez’s Yjar 2019 has been released at €78 per bottle ex-négociant, up 8.3% on the 2018’s release price (€72 per bottle).  

The wine is being offered internationally for £1,224, up 7.4% on last year’s opening price of £1,140 per 12×75 case. 

This is the third vintage of Yjar – and one of the few Spanish wines sold through La Place de Bordeaux. 

Critical opinion 

Yjar 2019 is one of only three wines Jane Anson awarded a perfect score of 100 points. In her tasting notes she mentioned that the wine ‘grabs you from the first moments with its sage, thyme, dried flowers and incense aromatics, clings to your nostrils, drawing you in’. She further added that ‘[she hopes] everyone followed [her] advice from the first vintage to get on board because it is more than living up to its potential, and its tiny quantities means that first come are almost certainly first served’. 

The wine received 97 points from The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez. He wrote that the wine is ‘tense and has abundant but fine-grained tannins, a little Italian in style’. He further added that this is his ‘favorite vintage of Yjar’, and that ‘9,049 bottles were filled in June 2022’. 

Meanwhile, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent) awarded the wine 96 points. 

Fair Value 

While today’s release has a higher score than both the 2018 and 2017 vintages, it is available at a premium to the current Market Prices of both vintages by 27.6% and 25.8% respectively. 

The 2017 Yjar, which ‘sold out in hours’ of release, according to The Drinks Business, set a trading high on Liv-ex just before the 2018 vintage was released in September last year. The wine changed hands at £1,052 per 12×75, up 13.9% on its release price. However, it last traded at £912 per case.  

Yjar 2017 trades on Liv-ex 

The 2018 vintage set a trading high in April 2023, changing hands at £1,208 per 12×75, up 6.0% on its release price. However, it too has last traded at a much lower price of £996 per case. 

Yjar 2018 trades on Liv-ex 

It remains to be seen how the new vintage fares on the secondary market.  

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