Bierzo: Antoine Graillot & Raúl Pérez 'Encinas' 2017

"I tasted the second bottled vintage of the 2017 Encinas, a Mencía red from Bierzo produced by Antoine Graillot with the help of Raúl Pérez. The grapes came from different plots of old vines in different villages (Otero and Valtuille) and fermented with 100% full clusters in concrete vats; the wine matured in a large oak vat. It has a complex nose that intermixes aromas of violets, smoked meats, earth and licorice, quite subtle and harmonious. It's open and expressive, quite attractive and clean, with a medium-bodied palate and very fine tannins. It finishes long and tasty, almost salty. It was bottled just before the 2018 harvest. Drink 2019-2024. 93/100."
Luis Gutiérrez - The Wine Advocate.

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Tasting Notes

This wine is the result of an exciting collaboration in North West Spain between Spanish wunderkind, Raúl Pérez, and baby of the Graillot bunch, Antoine. The Mencia grape has become fashionable with sommeliers worldwide due to its versatility - combining red cherry flavours with a fresh crunch.

Pure, de-stemmed Mencia from three parcels of vines in Bierzo's Valtuille (clay) and Otero (north-facing schist) villages is vinified in concrete (at Antoine's insistence) and aged in large oak tanks at Raul's own winery. The word 'Encinas' means 'oak' in Spanish, as depicted on the label.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionSpain
Grape Variety (Cépage)Mencia
Food & Wine MatchingChicken and Turkey, Duck, Pheasant and Game
CellarageDrink 2019 to 2025.
VinificationVinified in a cement tank on the suggestion of Antoine (due to its use in Crozes). Unfortunately, the cement tank was too large to get through Raul's winery door, so a section of roof had to be removed and the tank lowered in! The wine is racked into large oak foudre for 10 months' ageing.
Alcohol By Volume (%)13

Antoine Graillot & Raúl Pérez

Raúl Pérez, the Spanish winemaking wizard with a Hogwarts beard to match, is producing and consulting throughout Spain. He was approached by Antoine Graillot (Alain's youngest son) who was seeking wines to import into France for his own sideline business, but instead Raúl proposed a joint wine-making venture in his home region of Bierzo.


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