Descendientes de José Palacios, Bierzo 'Villa de Corullón' 2017 (750ml)

In 1998, Alvaro Palacios partnered with his nephew, Ricardo Perez, who had just finished his enological studies in Bordeaux, and had done internships and harvest work with Christian Moueix and at Chateau Margaux. >>>
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<<< At the time, the two pretty much had “pick of the litter” for vineyards in Bierzo, and settled on an area on the western edge of the region near the tiny village of Corullòn. This part of Bierzo is unique in that it not only boasts steep, old-vine vineyards, but it is the part of the appellation that has very poor, schist soils. The majority of the region, around 90%, are actually based on clay soils on flat or small, rolling hills. 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.