2020 Raul Perez & Antoine Graillot Encinas

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Bierzo (Appellation)
Winery Raul Perez
Vintage 2020
Grape Mencia
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2028
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A duo performance by Graillot and Pérez! For example, fermentation takes place with whole bunches in a cement vat - à la Graillot - and the wine undergoes an extended maceration on the skins, followed by aging for ten months in a large wooden foudre - à la Perez. The special collaboration between Raúl and Antoine brings out the best of both worlds. The elegance and floral character of the mencía come through beautifully, while the wine also shows structure and depth. Of course a beautiful wine with game, but also with a roast leg of lamb with wild herbs and garlic.

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93/100 Parker

Vineyard for 2020 Raul Perez & Antoine Graillot Encinas

Raúl Pérez is without a doubt the most mediatic winemaker in all of Spain today. However, his wines are almost impossible to find! Everyone talks about it, but few have already tasted them. Raúl is present in numerous appellations and regions, not only in Spain, but also in South Africa, Portugal, South America.

We have been following Raúl since 2000; at that time he was still working as an oenologist at the Castro Ventosa family estate in Valtuille de Abajo. He also worked as an oenologist-consultant for other domains in Bierzo. He refined the Mencia to unprecedented heights, also helped Ricardo and Alvaro Palacios start their top domain, while constantly tasting and trying other wines from around the world. Raúl is a restless nature and his curiosity and passion take him further and further.

Between 2005 and 2007 he left the family domain and left for a wine odyssey. In a few years he made a name for himself and became a real 'star' in the wine world. The common thread in his work is the recovery of vieilles vignes from indigenous grape varieties and the making of authentic wines with a lot of character and personality. Or to put it in his own words, "I'd rather make an undrinkably bad Galician wine, but at least let it be a Galician wine." He has therefore already vinified dozens of wines in countless different regions (mostly in the northwest of Spain, and also beyond), but which have never been marketed. He tests, he tries, and often fails. Of course, this way of working brings him a lot of experience, with which he will later be able to get the most out of one grape variety or one region.

Today he makes or contributes to more than 80 wines. In the end, he more or less settled himself by renovating two of his own mini-bodegas: one in the Tierra de León region, in the village of Valdevimbre, and another in his native Bierzo, where he is in the village of Salas de los Barrios. own Ultreia's, the absolute essence of Mencía. Raúl always works organically and as pure as possible. It uses the minimum of SO2. The wines we get from him are always in minimal quantities and we hardly ever know what we are going to get, from what year and how much ... That is Raúl in all.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Bierzo (Appellation)
Winery Raul Perez
Grape Mencia
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2023
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 93
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard, Romantisch
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