The 2020 vintage of El Cismático is being bottled today and is also debuting a new label. The new design has been done by Daniel Verón, an artist from Calatayud working with La Colmena Creativa and we love it! Are you curious to know why there’s a dragon and an eagle on the label? All of our labels tell a story celebrating the local culture, history and heritage.
El Cismático is part of our range celebrating the colourful life of Aragonese nobleman, Papa Luna, Pope Benedict XIII in Avignon, later declared Antipope. He was declared a schismatic at the Council of Constance in 1417, hence the name of this wine.
Interestingly, Saint Andrews University in Scotland was founded by papal bulls issued by Papa Luna and the Scottish Crown was one of the few in Europe to recognise him as Pope until his death.
The label depicts our Monte Armantes vineyard where this wine originates and, hovering above, is an eagle representing Papa Luna, and a Dragon, representing the Order of the Dragon that wanted to oust him as Pope. These two figures appear in a baptismal font commissioned by Papa Luna which can be found today in the Cathedral at Tolosa and it is believed that Pedro de Luna wanted to convey a message about the declaration of Constanza in this font.
This 2020 wine has spent 13 months in second use French oak barrels and 12 months in cement. Previous vintages of this wine have been acclaimed by wine critics. We do hope you enjoy this new vintage.