This week we have read an article in Jancis Robinson about new Spanish wines assortment arrival soon. And we have some of our wines in the tasting panel. Now it’s time to share its comments in our blog.
Jancis Robinson is a wine writer. She was voted the world’s most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018. Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic. She loves and lives for wine, and she specially loves its diversity. She began writing on December 1975. In 1984, she was first person outside the trade to pass these demanding exams for Master of Wine. She is probably one of the most influent personalities in wine business.
Ferran Centelles is her specialist for Spanish wines. He was the head sommelier of El Bulli restaurant during 13 years. He is a great expert in Spanish wines, and he really loves to know new projects that reflect the terroir of its region.
Despite the fact Ferran prefer for tasting going to the headquarters of the different Denominations of Origin, and visiting the producers who have surprised him the most during the tasting. He receive proposals from wineries who want to send the wine to his office that he usually refuse. But in this case he makes an exception because it comes to projects that he thinks are interesting, and one of them was Demencia.
I have made the subscription on Website, and now I share the wines that he tasted from our project in Bierzo.
Pyjama Mencia 2019.
It’s our regional wine from Bierzo. 100% Mencía of at least 60 years old from different plots. Spontaneous fermentation. Aged almost 7 months in French oak barrels.
16.5/20Ferran Centelles, 2021 October 13th
A quite free and naked nose, probably the freest from this winery. In contrast, the palate is quite beautiful and pure, it reminds me of a good Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Super-fresh and fluid. Black fresh fruit with a vegetal hint. The tannins are firm with energetic acidity.
Demencia 2018, the vintage of revolution.
After two vintages withouot Demencia wines bottled, 2018 was a lovely year for making ageing wines and we decided to present them to Jancis Robinson.
- Demencia, Villafranca de Bierzo 2018 Bierzo.
100% Mencía. Grapes from different sites around 500–600 m above sea level. Mixture of sandy and clayey soils, and with different orientations. Spontaneous
fermentation in stainless-steel vats for 5 to 6 days without adding sulphites.
Before the end of the fermentation, it is racked into used French barrels where the
fermentation ends, and aged for 22 months. Production: 2,100 bottles.
16.5/20Ferrán Centelles, 2021 October 13th
This is high-quality fruit, very ripe but handled well, astonishing concentration and expressiveness. The nose is all about black fruit, plums and blackberries. The palate is juicy, with a torrent of fruit and tastiness. A winning combination of opulent texture, earthy tannins and fluidity. (FC)
- Demencia Villegas 2018 Bierzo.
100% Mencía from the legendary Paraje of Valltuille de Abajo at 500 m above sea level. Very atypical and very poor soils, with a lot of sand, and a sandy loam fraction. North-east orientation. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless-steel vats for 5 to 6 days. Before the end of the fermentation, it is racked into used French barrels where the fermentation ends, and it is aged for 22 months. Production: 588 bottles.
18/20Ferrán Centelles, 2021 October 13th
Oak is evident but it is of a very good quality that still respects the fruit; an elegant and classic style. The red and black fruit is perfectly ripe, balanced with toasted complex flavours. I can feel the firm and precise tannins typical for an outstanding wine on my palate, with a hint of bitterness on the back palate too. This is a worldclass wine with aristocratic manners. Excellent bottle. (FC)
A new plot incorporated to our portfolio.
- Demencia Fuente de San Lázaro 2018 Bierzo.
100% Mencía from San Lázaro, at 600 m above sea level, and facing south. Planted in 1905. Clay loam soils with some slate. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel for 5 to 6 days. Before the end of the fermentation, it is racked into used French barrels where the fermentation ends, and it is aged for 22 months.
Production: 666 bottles.
17/20Ferrán Centelles, 2021 October 13th
A serious and aristocratic nose. Noble oak and black fruit with vegetal hints, under control. Magnificent palate. Energetic, opulent and honest, with remarkable concentration and a long finish. All the elements in this wine are just in the right place and in the right amounts. What a beauty!