Pedro Ximenez (or PX) is an intensely sweet, dark, dessert sherry made from the grape of the same name.
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Most PX makes for a sweet toothed treat but the Antique Pedro Ximenez by Fernando de Castilla is particularly special. How best to describe it? Well, there’s the sheer opulence, the multitude of flavours that mingle in your mouth – coffee, liquorice, sweet tobacco, prunes, figs, raisins, tea and a dozen other fleeting scents with a surprising lightness and delicacy – but more than anything it’s the way it makes you feel. It’s impossible not to smile when you’re drinking it, in fact it’s hard not to giggle, especially if you pair it with your favourite chocolate pudding.
One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen – a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry, and 15 years experience at Osborne. After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated Sherries. The bodega’s reputation is based on the excellence of the Antique range of intensely pure and complex single solera Sherries whose award winning packaging makes them even more impressive. The Antique Palo Cortado was awarded ‘Best Dry Fortified Trophy’ at the 2011 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, whilst the Antique Amontillado scooped the trophy for ‘Dry Fortified over £10’ at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.