Palacios Moncerbal is sourced from a 0.86 hectare section of the Moncerbal hillside, facing south above the village of Corullon, at above 750m, with vines around 100 years’ age. Rocky slate with silica and quartz, but there’s only about 30cm of soil. Fermented in small open wooden vats (old 1200 litre foudre), aged 14 months in new French barriques and bottled unfiltered. Having opened a bottle of this at Matteo’s late in 2017, I can attest to its quality. Served blind, the consensus was it had to be Grand Cru Burgundy. The perfume, silk and mineral backbone all pointed that way. It is complex and multilayered, it is a real joy to drink. Still young and fresh right now, I’m not sure how long it will evolve but it is so tasty now.
Part of a trio of family estate that makes amazing Spanish wine. The other two are Alvaro Palacios in Priorat and Palacios Remondo in Rioja. DJP commenced in 1999. One of the the descendientes, Ricardo discovered old plantings of Mencia high on the mountain slopes above the village of Corullón. Thankfully for us he investigated further and the family invested in these and further old vineyards to make some remarkable wines from outstanding terroirs.
Continental climate and high altitude vineyards combined with schist laden soils means these wines are elegant, fine and perfumed. Easily some of the best wines in Spain.
Similar to Cabernet Franc makes stunning wines from Bierzo, Valdeorras and surrounding regions. Highly aromatic, refreshing acids, nice texture, the top wines can improve with age. There is a lot to love.