"This is the best collection they have produced since they set foot in Bierzo in 1999. And to understand my excitement, let me just summarize it as the best vintage ever for the most coherent, reliable and serious wine project in Spain. Simply breathtaking. Bravo!!"
- 6/30/2020 - Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
2018 Villa de Corullón
Descendientes de José Palacios
Corullon, Bierzo, Spain
$44.99, net, US LOW
From some of the highest altitude vineyard in Spain, Mencia from Corullon is just not the same as any other in Spain, let alone the rest of Bierzo that are several thousand feet below these vineyards tucked way up in the mountains that tower over the majestic little village of Bierzo. As you can see from my photos, we were in some very beautiful country in Northeastern Spain.
Vine age ranges from 60 - 100 years old from a selection of parcels around the village of Corullon in Bierzo.
Very steep slopes (30-50 degrees) at altitudes ranging from 400 to 900 meters
100% friable schist.
Everything is done by hand or mule. Practicing Organic and Biodynamic.
The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and destemmed by hand. They macerate for 25 days 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.
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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...