Pedro Ximénez is a white grape variety most commonly found in the Montilla-Moriles region in southern Spain. It is strongly associated with sweet wine from the Jerez region, though the grape itself is not widely planted there. It can be found elsewhere in Andalucía, as well as in Portugal, Australia and South America.
In the vineyards in Montilla-Moriles, Pedro Ximénez is highly susceptible to disease and is relatively low-yielding. The variety is thin-skinned, and the grapes are traditionally dried in the sun, causing them to dehydrate and concentrating their sugar levels. This is done to produce dark and sticky sweet wines. Pedro Ximénez makes up a large majority of the Montilla-Moriles vineyard, and much of the production is sold to producers of fortified wines in Jerez and Málaga. This is a perfectly legal practice, and producers can label the resulting wines according to their own geographical designation.
The most important grape variety in Jerez is Palomino Fino, which accounts for almost the entirety of the vineyards. Pedro Ximénez wines are imported from Montilla-Moriles to sweeten Palomino-based blends, sometimes alongside the Muscat of Alexandria grape.
Jerez producers may also bottle imported Pedro Ximénez wines as a single varietal Sherry, often labelled “PX”. Pedro Ximénez Sherry is the sweetest and darkest of all Jerez wines. High-quality examples of Pedro Ximénez Sherry are some of the finest dessert wines in the world, and aged examples from top producers can routinely fetch hundreds or thousands of dollars. PX Sherry can have as much as 500 grams per liter of residual sugar, capable of exceeding even the sweetest Tokaji Escenzia wines. They are deep brown in color and highly aromatic, with notes of coffee, licorice and dried fruits.
Outside of Spain, Pedro Ximénez can also be found in the Alentejo region of Portugal, where it is known as Perrum. Further afield, a small amount is grown in Australia, where it is known simply as Pedro; and in Chile, where it is known as Pedro Jiménez.
Pedro Ximénez should not be confused with Pedro Giménez, a widely-planted white grape in Argentina. Pedro Giménez is significant in the production of everyday wine intended for the domestic market, and its largest plantings are in Mendoza.
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Victoria Ordóñez 2016 Voladeros Pedro Ximénez (Sierras de Málaga)AndaluciaThis barrel-aged white shows only a faint hint of underripe peach on ...See Full Review$30
Victoria Ordóñez 2016 La Ola Del Melillero White (Sierras de Málaga)AndaluciaThis floral- and tropical fruit-scented wine is 70% Pedro Ximénez and 30% ...See Full Review$15
Cellers Unió 2016 Roureda Llicorella Poboleda Vi de Vila Pedro Ximénez (Priorat)CataloniaMuddled aromas are more funky than fruity or fun. In the mouth, ...See Full Review$54
Bodegas Dios Baco S.L. NV Oxford 1.970 Pedro Ximénez (Jerez)AndaluciaAn opaque brown color and massive raisin and fig aromas announce a ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$21
Bodegas Barón NV Xixarito Pedro Ximénez (Jerez)AndaluciaThis wine's fig, date, prune and honey aromas are rich and heady. ...See Full Review$30
Bodegas Yuste NV Aurora Pedro Ximénez (Jerez)AndaluciaThis wine's raisin and dried plum aromas lose focus and turn grassy. ...See Full Review$18
Mayu 2017 Pedro Ximénez (Elqui Valley)ChileOther than that this is made from Pedro Ximénez and comes from ...See Full Review$15
Garcia Hermanos NV Corredera Amontillado Pedro Ximénez (Montilla-Moriles)AndaluciaHeavyweight aromas of molasses and honey are friendly but flat. A dry, ...See Full Review$16
Cellers Unió 2015 Roureda Llicorella Poboleda Pedro Ximénez (Priorat)CataloniaA mix of pulpy citrus fruit and citrus-peel aromas is ever so ...See Full Review$54
Suertes del Marqués 2015 Trenzado White (Valle de la Orotava)Spanish IslandsHailing from the volcanic soils of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, this ...See Full Review$22
Alvear NV Solera 1927 Pedro Ximénez (Montilla-Moriles)AndaluciaOne of the world's best PX wines is Solera 1927, the pride ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$30
Alvear 2014 de Añada Pedro Ximénez (Montilla-Moriles)AndaluciaAlvear is one of Spain's most consistent producers of sweet wines. This ...See Full Review$26
Bodegas Toro Albala, SL 2014 Don PX Vino Natural Pedro Ximénez (Montilla-Moriles)AndaluciaWhile this breathes alcohol, there's also requisite caramel, fig and chocolate aromas ...See Full Review$24
Bodegas Toro Albala, SL 1987 Don PX Gran Reserva Pedro Ximénez (Montilla-Moriles)AndaluciaA black color with a gold rim and thick legs greasing up ...See Full Review$52
Herdade do Esporão 2016 Monte Velho Branco White (Alentejano)PortugalThis is a generous blend of Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Perrum (aka ...See Full Review$12
Herdade do Esporão 2016 Alandra Branco White (Portuguese Table Wine)PortugalThis simple fruity wine is perfumed and attractively fragrant. With a blend ...Best BuySee Full Review$8
Alvear NV Oloroso Ascuncion Pedro Ximénez (Montilla-Moriles)AndaluciaThis dry oloroso opens with aromas of toffee and peanut oil, followed ...See Full Review$32
Alvear NV Amontillado Carlos VII Pedro Ximénez (Montilla-Moriles)AndaluciaAn initial blast of butter and sweaty cheese settles with airing, but ...See Full Review$32
Mayu 2015 Pedro Ximénez (Elqui Valley)ChileAromas of white flowers are light yet clean. This feels basic, while ...See Full Review$15
Falernia 2015 Reserva Pedro Ximénez (Elqui Valley)ChileAromas of oily petrol and stone fruits lead to a round palate. ...Best BuySee Full Review$9