2020 Raul Pérez La Vizcaína Las Gundiñas

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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 (13.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2030
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Raúl Pérez is without a doubt the most mediatized winemaker in all of Spain at the moment. However, his wines are almost impossible to find! Everyone talks about it, but few have tasted it. Raúl is present in countless appellations and regions, not only in Spain, but also in South Africa, Portugal, South America. The common thread in his work is the recovery of vieilles vignes from autochthonous 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 he fails very often. This way of working naturally gives him a lot of experience, with which he is later 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 has also more or less settled down by renovating two mini bodegas of his own: one in the Tierra de León region, in the village of Valdevimbre, and another in his native region of Bierzo, where he has his home in the village of Salas de los Barrios. makes his own Ultreias, the absolute essence of Mencía. Raúl always works as pure as possible. He uses the minimum of SO2.

La Vizcaína is a project by Raul Pérez in which he classifies the wines according to origin with regard to sun orientation, terroir, etc. La Vizcaína is the name that the inhabitants of Valtuille gave to Raul's father, who was an oenologist and died at a young age. In this project, Raul is assisted by his cousin and oenologist Cesar Marquez. The Lomas de Valtuille, Las Gundiñas is a 100% Mencia. It is a biodynamic wine. No temperature control during fermentation. During vinification, the principles of gravity are applied, without pumping and with as few interventions as possible to get the wine as pure, pure and expressive as possible in the bottle. Fermentation and maceration in 5000 liter casks. 10 months aging in French oak barrels of the 2nd year. The Raul Pérez La Vizcaína Las Gundiñas is young and deep red. Not a temperamental and sultry Spaniard in the nose, but a more continental style and many similarities with the style from Burgundy. Northern hints, kriek, meaty (slight reduction that disappears after some airing), very subtle cask aging. Tight in the attack, somewhat youthful with a midriff that is refreshed by light acidity. Mencía, juicy and concentrated, of the better quality. The tannin in the finale is a reflection of this more continental style.

Our regular customers know that we are a big fan of the wines from this region made from Mencia (or the white Godello) such as the wines from Perez and Val de Sil, for example. The continental influences and the style give the wines a Burgundian signature and gives wines with an incredible value for money!

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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.

More Information
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 2030
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 96
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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