We were lucky enough to score a few cases of Descendientes Palacios’ Villa de Corullon bottling, and here we are putting them on sale already. You may know Decendientes Palacios from their outstanding wine Petalos, well, Corullon takes it to the next level.
Descendientes Palacios is the joint venture between Alvaro Palacios, of Priorat fame (L’Ermita and Finca Dolfi), and his nephew Ricardo Perez. They both had the dream of making wine from old vine Mencia in the beautiful landscape of Bierzo. I for one am sure glad they got to together for their wines are heavenly!
Winemaker, Ricardo Perez, also happens to be one of Spain's foremost experts on Biodynamics. He translated Rudolf Steiner’s, originator of biodynamics, work into Spanish, and has taught many courses to aspiring winemakers on biodynamics.
The vines for their Petalos bottling range in age from 60-100 years old. All winemaking is as “hands-off” as possible while the farming is done biodynamically, obviously. The wine is aged in used French oak barrels. No fining or filtering.
Descendientes Palacios Villa de Corullon Bierzo 2018
Shelf Price $55.99
Sale Price $48.97
Lowest price in New York!
96 pts Wine Advocate
The village wine 2018 Corullón has, for the first time, the new category Vino de Villa (village wine!). It comes from around 90 plots of their own vineyards. In the cooler and more Atlantic 2018, they had more rain than the previous two vintages and a lower average temperature, and they think it was excellent for their wines ("a modern version of 2001," Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me). There are around 8% white grapes here, and the wine fermented in oak vats with punching down, and the élevage was in a combination of barriques, bocoyes and foudres, oak containers of different sizes, and was short of 11 months. This is the modern version of 2001 and 2012, and in 2018, it has the part of Moncerbal (almost 40%) that was not in the 2017 (because of hail, the Moncerbal bottling was not produced in 2017), so it goes back to the classical style. There is terrific balance here, great purity, with the essence of slate; here, we move from the fruit of the Pétalos to the herbs. But there is complexity and nuance, violets, rockrose, sap, resin, fern, cinnamon and citrus, all very subtle and harmonious. The flavors have similar purity, and if these wines never have high acidity, there is great freshness, soft citrus, all very subtle and velvety. This is sooo easy to drink it could be dangerous.