Ricardo Perez and his cousin Alvaro Palacios are making some of Spain's most delicious wines in the northeastern region of Bierzo. This is really beautiful and consistently one of our favorite wines we try every year. Elegant, fresh, with great fruit, lifted floral notes and a touch of peppery spice. Really long on the palate.
"Following the new classification of wines, the 2019 Villa de Corullon is
a Vino de Villa (village), produced with grapes from 6.71 hectares
divided into 200 small plots they own on slate-rich soils at 500 to 950
meters in altitude. It's 91% Mencia, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 8% white
grapes from old vines (50 to 90 years old) that are organically and
biodynamically farmed, and the wine will be certified in the coming
years. The partly destemmed grapes fermented in oak vats with indigenous
yeasts for 43 days and matured in barriques and foudres for 10 months.
It has a "moderate" 13.5% alcohol, the lower part of the range, as they
aim at 13.5% to 14% alcohol in the finished wines. This is a great
blending exercise, as the wines are blended mostly before putting it in
barrel. It's a subtle and elegant Corullon, with great balance and
freshness; Ricardo talked about some tannins that are very fine. It's a
fluid vintage for this bottling, a little herbal, versatile and complex.
It seems to have more character than the Moncerbal than it has had in
other years. This can be one of the lightest and most elegant vintages
of Corullon, with a different texture from the rest of the 2019s. There
were 20,344 bottles and some other formats produced." 96 pts Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate