Bodegas Mengoba 'El Rebolon' Mencia 2019

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Producer: Bodegas Mengoba
Country: Spain
Region: Bierzo
Grape Variety: Mencia
Farming: Organic
ABV: 13.5%
Style: Red Wine
Classification: Bierzo DO

Bodegas Mengoba ‘El Rebolon’ is a small production wine of 1200 bottles which is made from grapes sourced from two plots of very old vines located in Espanillo. The vineyards sit on slate soils at an altitude of 750 meters and although the wine is mainly Mencia, Gregory likes to blend small quantities of Alicante Bouchet and Godello into the wine. The wine is magnificent and will benefit some bottle age but is packed with dark red fruit notes, Asian spice and has superb freshness on the finish. Top draw.

Bodegas Mengoba is owned and run by Gregory Perez who graduated from the school of Oenology in his hometown of Bordeaux, France before going on to work with Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Chateau Cos d’Estournel. Gregory had Bordeaux in his blood, but he was obsessed with the principals of terroir, biodiversity and organic viticulture which at the time, in the early noughties were not high on the agenda in Bordeaux. On the advice of a friend, Gregory relocated to the remote and relatively unknown northern Spanish region of Bierzo where he eventually established Bodegas Mengoba in 2007.

The Mengoba winery is in the town of San Juan de Carracedo and the vineyards are located thirty minutes north around the town of Espanillo. This is an area characterised by steep, rugged, south facing slopes which sit at between 600-850m above sea level. Hot days and cool nights along with constant air currents help produce grapes of amazing freshness and complexity. Gregory has several vineyard plots, all with their unique terroir but all farmed organically and in keeping with the local ecosystem. Although Mencia and Godello are the two main grape varieties, Gregory is also keen to use lesser-known local varieties of Dona Blanco and Alicante Bouschet (Garnacha Tintorera) along with Estaladina.

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