Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2017 'Corullon' Bierzo DO

Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2017 'Corullon' Bierzo DO

Item Number: 13655

UPC: 8-436559740012

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Castilla y Leon
Appellation/AVA: Bierzo DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): Mencia
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Friable schist
Elevation: 400 to 900 meters

Vintage Notes: 2017 was a year of extremes in Bierzo. A warm Spring pushed budding forward by 2 weeks. This set up the appellation to be devastated by frost on April 27 and then hail on May 9. Ricardo was unable to harvest Moncerbal at all, and Las Lamas quantities are also down dramatically. Summer drought was an issue here too but – just as in Priorat – the old vineyards weathered the conditions well. This is the first vintage vinified in the new winery, and you will immediately notice the enhanced elegance and freshness afforded by the new cooler, damper underground cellars.

Terroir Notes: Over 200 small estate parcels throughout the municipality of Corullón make up this beautiful red wine. The vineyard slopes are steep (30-50 degrees). The wine is primarily Mencia with a small percentage of white grapes.

Winemaking Notes: Corullón's combination of generosity and precision confirms not only its special status, but also the superiority of Álvaro’s and Ricardo’s winemaking. The grapes are harvested, sorted, and destemmed by hand. They macerate for 25 days in oak fermenters with hand punch down. Maturation occurs in French oak. It is not fined or filtered before bottling.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (94-96) (2/28/2019)

    The sample of the 2017 Corullón showed a wider side of this village blend, where they have been focusing to get more precision through harvesting every plot the exact day it should be bottled. That's why they sold up to seven hectares of vineyards, the most challenging plots, those at higher altitude and with more challenging ripening conditions, enabling them to achieve an even more precise blend with the remaining grapes. I had a sample from one oak foudre that seemed to amplify the spicy side of the wine, with an herbal twist thrown in. The palate showed much better, with great balance and very fine tannins.