2019 Descendientes Jose Palacios Moncerbal

109.95 90.87
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Bierzo
Winery Descendientes de J. Palacios
Year 2016
Grape Mencia
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2019 - 2028
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Descendientes De José Palacios Bierzo Corullon Moncerbal is a red wine from the region Castilla y Leon in Spain. Made by the winery Descendientes de Jose Palacios. An absolute top wine and can compete with the very best and most expensive Grandcrus from Burgundy and has repeatedly led to surprises on a blind tasting. Incredibly refined and a beautiful pallet of scents and flavors.

The Moncerbal 2019 is a "vino de paraje", produced with grapes (mostly Mencía but also 4% white grapes) from different plots totaling 1.51 hectares in the same zone of the village of Corullón. It fermented with some full bunches and native yeasts in oak barrels for 46 days and matured for 11 months in oak barrels and foudres. It is one of the low-alcohol wines (along with the Corullón) with 13.5% alcohol. This is super aromatic and floral, with notes of violets and also white flowers and even a hint of citrus. This is the top wine of the 2019s - structured, long and smooth, with a great finish. It has varying aromas and flavours, mixing flowers, spices, berries, earth and sometimes even a lactic acidity. It should develop further complexity in the bottle. This is a great vintage for Moncerbal, keeping the freshness and poise of 2018 in a warmer year. They use less and less new oak barrels. In 2019, 3,488 bottles, 101 magnums and some larger sizes were produced. Serve this in a large Burgundy glass

98/100 Parker

Vineyard for 2019 Descendientes Jose Palacios Moncerbal

The DO Bierzo geo-politically belongs to Castilla y León, but physically it is the gateway to Galicia. The Castillian plateau here becomes a mountainous landscape that turns into a green oasis and a more temperate climate: less extreme than in Castilla and less rain than in Galicia. Bierzo is the kingdom of the Mencía grape, a noble unknown to many, but one of Spain's most underrated grapes with impressive potential. The vineyards are located at an altitude between 450 and 1,100 meters, this in a considerable difference in height, which means that there are many microclimates and terroirs. The main cities are Ponferrada and Villafrance del Bierzo. The bottoms are sandy or clay) rocky in the valley along the river Sil, or consist of limestone and especially slate in the mountains.

The great impulse to this wine region was mainly given by this project. One of the first biodynamic domains in Spain. It was Alvaro Palacios who recognized the potential of this area to make truly great terroir wines. After his odyssey in Priorat, he started this wonderful story together with his young nephews Ricardo. They selected the most difficult vineyards in the whole area: the highest, the most difficult to access and the least yields (because vieilles vignes): these were just those vineyards that the villagers were least interested in because they yielded the least.

Ricardo Perez Palacios is one of the great architects of a silent revolution taking place in the hitherto very quiet Bierzo region. He is the son of Chelo Palacios, of the dynasty known Palacios (Remondo) of La Rioja, and helped in this adventure by his famous uncle, Alvaro Palacios, known for his wines of Priorat. Ricardo has long experience in France, Chile and the United States. Bodega Descendientes de Jose Palacios is currently the absolute trendsetter of the relatively well-known but very beautiful Bierzo. The Petalos is a wine that receives very high ratings year after year.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Bierzo
Winery Descendientes de J. Palacios
Grape Mencia
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2016
Drinking as of 2019
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 98
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Dark fruit, Dry
Drink moments Barbecue, Borrelen, Met vrienden, Voor alledag
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