Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Villa de Corullon 2018

96 Wine Advocate


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Country: Spain

Region: Castilla y León, Bierzo

Variety: Mencía

Terroir: 100% friable schist; very steep slopes (30-50 degrees) at altitudes ranging from 400-900 meters

Winemaking: Everything is done by hand or mule; grapes harvested, sorted and destemmed by hand; 25-day maceration in oak fermentors with hand punch down; spontaneous fermentation; no fining or filtering; aged in French oak, all of which was previously used either for past vintages of Corullon or to have briefly aged Petalos; organic and biodynamic practicing

96 Wine Advocate – The village wine 2018 Corullón has, for the first time, the new category Vino de Villa (village wine!). It comes from around 90 plots of their own vineyards. In the cooler and more Atlantic 2018, they had more rain than the previous two vintages and a lower average temperature, and they think it was excellent for their wines (“a modern version of 2001,” Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me). There are around 8% white grapes here, and the wine fermented in oak vats with punching down, and the élevage was in a combination of barriques, bocoyes and foudres, oak containers of different sizes, and was short of 11 months. This is the modern version of 2001 and 2012, and in 2018, it has the part of Moncerbal (almost 40%) that was not in the 2017 (because of hail, the Moncerbal bottling was not produced in 2017), so it goes back to the classical style. There is terrific balance here, great purity, with the essence of slate; here, we move from the fruit of the Pétalos to the herbs. But there is complexity and nuance, violets, rockrose, sap, resin, fern, cinnamon and citrus, all very subtle and harmonious. The flavors have similar purity, and if these wines never have high acidity, there is great freshness, soft citrus, all very subtle and velvety. This is sooo easy to drink it could be dangerous.


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