Bodegas Pigar

Juan Piquares & Utiel Requena

After a significant cutting of teeth stint as winemaker at Viñedos Y Bodegas Manual Manzaneque, Juan decided to focus on the family winery located in the village of Campo Arcís. His small winery is located within the walls of his family home, with the barrel room in the basement of the same house, with its ultra-small production, Pigar make true garage wines.  

His vineyards consist of distinct plots of old bush vines, farmed organically, over a variety of different soils and micro-climates. Producing wines from chardonnay, syrah, bobal (D.O. Utiel-Requenas historically maligned but now championed work horse) and heritage varieties tardana and royal. Wines are low added sulphur, minimal intervention with some employing skin contact. 

Bodegas Pigar is set to become a cult icon (if not already) of Utiel-Requena.

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Bobales Perdidos 2017

Bobales Perdidos 2017

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Bobales Perdidos 2017

Tasting: An indigenous grape variety in Spain’s southeast, Bobal has a chequered past. When over irrigated it can produce very large volumes of fruit, over cropped vines produce bland, sub-standard fruit. This coupled with its extremely good disease resistance has meant that it has been used extensively for poor quality bulk wine. However, in the right hands, with yields kept low, Bobal can produce exceptionally beguiling wines. An exceptionally vibrant nose of concentrated cassis, blackcurrant and herbs backed by a sumptuous palate of plush blackberry jam, spicy cassis and finished off with a hint of Mediterranean herbs. 

Bodega: Bodegas Pigar

Region: D.O. Utiel-Requena 

Grape: Bobal

Aging: 4 months in old 400L barrels

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol: 15%

Closure: Cork

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Bodegas Pigar Bobal 2016

Bodegas Pigar Bobal 2016

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Bodegas Pigar Bobal 2016

Tasting: An indigenous grape variety in Spain’s southeast, Bobal has a chequered past. When over irrigated it can produce very large volumes of fruit, over cropped vines produce bland, sub-standard fruit. This coupled with its extremely good disease resistance has meant that it has been used extensively for poor quality bulk wine. However, in the right hands, with yields kept low, Bobal can produce exceptionally beguiling wines. This example from Bodegas Pigar is grown organically with minimal sulphites used in the production process. It has heady aromas of earthy dark fruit and herbs, the palate is upper medium bodied with dark blueberry notes, smoke, minerals, garrigue herbs, a touch of cacao and silky smooth tannin.

Bodega: Bodegas Pigar

Region: D.O. Utiel-Requena

Grape: Bobal

Aging: 12 months in used oak

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 15%

Closure: Cork

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Bodegas Pigar Chardonnay 2018

Bodegas Pigar Chardonnay 2018

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Bodegas Pigar Chardonnay 2018

Tasting: Winemaker Juan Piqueras turned his attention to the family winery after a long stint as head winemaker at Manuel Manzaneque’s legendary Finca Élez. Farming plots of old bush vines organically and biodynamically in Campo Arcís, the winery is located in the family home, and the wines aged in barrels in the cellar of the same house, true small-scale winemaking. Un-fined and unfiltered with no added sulphites it shows delicious notes of custard apple, white apricot, herbs, flint, gun smoke and a delightful mineral length. 

Bodega: Bodegas Pigar

Region: D.O. Utiel-Requena

Grape: Chardonnay

Aging: Old oak and ceramic eggs for 8 months

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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El Ardachero Chardonnay 2018

El Ardachero Chardonnay 2018

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El Ardachero Chardonnay 2018

Tasting: Winemaker Juan Piqueras turned his attention to the family winery after a long stint as head winemaker at Manuel Manzaneque’s legendary Finca Élez. Farming plots of old bush vines organically and biodynamically in Campo Arcís, the winery is located in the family home, and the wines aged in barrels in the cellar of the same house, true small-scale winemaking. Rich, dense and grippy tannin, spiced ripe apricot, honeysuckle flowers and zingy lemon juice all combine in this powerful skin contact Chardonnay that has exceptional depth and complexity.  

Bodega: Bodegas Pigar

Region: Utiel-Requena

Grape: Chardonnay

Aging: Maceration on skins for 18 days with wild yeasts and subsequent aging on lees in stainless steel. No Sulphites

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol: 13%

Closure: Cork

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Pigar Vino Blanco Orange Wine 2018

Pigar Vino Blanco Orange Wine 2018

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Bodegas Pigar  Orange Wine 2018

Tasting: Winemaker Juan Piqueras turned his attention to the family winery after a long stint as head winemaker at Manuel Manzaneque’s legendary Finca Élez. Farming plots of old bush vines organically and biodynamically in Campo Arcís, the winery is located in the family home, and the wines aged in barrels in the cellar of the same house, true small-scale winemaking. A delightfully floral nose leads into an orange wine with firm tannin, candied orange peel, ginger, and fresh citrus drive.

Bodega: Bodegas Pigar

Region: Utiel-Requena

Grape: Tardana, Moscatel

Aging: 4 months in amphora

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol: 11%

Closure: Cork

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