Descendientes de Jose Palacios

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Villafranca del Bierzo, Leon
People: Alvaro & Ricardo Palacios, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

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Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2015 'Corullon' Bierzo DO New! Login WA 95 In Stock
Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2015 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO Login DEC 93 WA 92+ In Stock
Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2015 Bierzo, Moncerbal, DO (wooden box) New! Login WA 96 DEC 95 In Stock

Alvaro Palacios was already a celebrated producer of Priorat when he teamed up with his nephew, Ricardo Perez, a Bordeaux trained enologist, to fulfill his early passion for making great old vine wine from the Mencia grape. In the estate vineyards around the town of Corullón, Alvaro and Ricardo believe they have found a unique combination of soils, old vines, and a distinctive variety that will yield their own grands crus. Beginning with 2001, the estate began to make their case with individual vineyard bottlings with an emphasis on biodynamic viticulture. The winery is dedicated to Alvaro's father, and Ricardo's grandfather, who passed away in early 2000.

Seven wines are made. The first, Pétalos del Bierzo, is assembled from old hillside and hilltop vines from across Bierzo's western edge. The wine is vinified for immediate appeal, but it retains the estate's signature finesse and restraint. Corullón is an assemblage from old-vine parcels in and around this town. Its combination of generosity and precision makes a case not only for Corullón's special status, but also the superiority of Alvaro's and Ricardo's winemaking. Robert Parker, Jr. said Corullón "may be the finest wine of the appellation." There are, in addition, five extraordinary single vineyard wines made: San Martin, Fontelas, Moncerbal, Las Lamas and La Faraona. Each is a distinctive expression of a remarkable and compelling terroir.

Descendientes de J. Palacios 2013 Pétalos Voted #53 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015
"Alvaro Palacios helped build the reputation of one Spanish mountain wine region, Priorat, to international acclaim--and four-figure bottle prices. Then in 1998, he struck out with his nephew Ricardo Perez for an even lesser-known land in the sky: Bierzo, where old vines of the indigenous Mencia grape thrive in harsh schist soils. The Pétalos is sourced from multiple hillside vineyards and serves as an affordable introduction to the region and style."

The Wine Advocate 1/2015

"Descendientes de J. Palacios keep going from strength to strength with a superb collection of 2012s, one of the best vintages in recent history in El Bierzo. Even though all their reds are Mencía-based, the old vineyards contain a mixture of grapes -even some whites- that are used in the wines, as they add complexity and freshness. For Ricardo Pérez Palacios, 2012 and 2001 are his best vintages here, and I think 2012 is probably the best. All the wines are exceptional, but if I had to choose two it would be Corullón and Las Lamas (and Pétalos, of course!), both in their finest vintages. There are no wines in Bierzo like this ones... What I see here is really coherent, a life project with a clear philosophy, not just a collection of (great) wines; Ricardo lives on a biodynamic farm with the animals, they provide agriculture and biodynamic courses, make cheese (he hopes to get his own goats soon), bake bread, grow vegetables, they already produce and sell fruit juices... He's trying to close the circle and use everything from the farm, with some more products slowly coming to the shelves, they are going to start producing 'orujo' (the local name for grappa)... single vineyard 'orujo' even! Stay tuned!"

The Wine Advocate 8/2013

"As for the wines, they are different from the rest of the Bierzo; they have to be, because their very old vineyards are located in the village of Corullon, high up in the mountains, some of them at 1,200 meters altitude on slate slopes where they yield minuscule quantities of grapes. They also carry out very detailed work, both in the vineyards and in the winery, and the result shows."

Media Links
Wine Spectator: Featured Winemaker, Alvaro Palacios
Decanter.com: Alvaro Palacios, Spanish Wanderer
The Drinks Business: Palacios to Release 'Game Changing' Rioja
Yumivino: Q&A with Ricardo Perez Palacios

Reviews

  • Desc. de Palacios 2015 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO
    Decanter
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2017)

    Year in, year out, this wine excels, thanks to its dark red fruit aromas combined with a fresh and vivid palate of crunchy red fruit intensity. A memorable, complex and individual wine which will continue to develop in bottle.
  • Desc. de Palacios 2015 'Corullon' Bierzo DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (8/31/2017)

    Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me his favorite overall vintages for Bierzo are 2001, 2012 and possibly 2015, because he sees them as very complete years, even if 2015 didn't have as perfect conditions as 2001 and 2012; the 2015 Corullón is a perfect example of that, a really pretty wine, open, where I see the similarities with 2012. They use many of the vineyards year after year, all of them around the village of Corullón, all planted with a field blend of varieties, and they have been increasing the percentage of white grapes from those vines that they include in the cuvée. In 2015, it can be almost 9%, mostly Palomino, and they feel it polishes that slight bitterness in the finish of the Mencía, reminiscent of green almonds. Of course, there are also other red grapes, like Alicante Bouschet, Gran Negro, Pan y Carne and Negreda, that might contribute to some 2% of the volume.
  • Desc. de Palacios 2015 Bierzo, Moncerbal, DO (wooden box)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96 (8/31/2017)

    The 2015 Moncerbal has more white grapes than 2014, because the white grapes were almost perfect and they thought they should go into the vat. The vintage was very complete that year with very healthy grapes. The wine is medium- to full-bodied, always showing that stoniness, austerity and minerality, even in a riper vintage like this 2015. Again, it reminded me of the 2012.
  • Desc. de Palacios 2015 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92+ (8/31/2017)

    The entry level 2015 Pétalos del Bierzo, their regional wine, in the new official category that will start working in the appellation from the 2017 vintage, a blend of many different vineyards planted with field blends, where the breakdown might come to some 5% white varieties (Valenciana/Doña Blanca, Godello and Palomino/Jerez) and around 1% other reds (Pan y Carne, Negrada and Gran Negro), all from vines ranging between 40 and 90 years of age on slopes (half of the grapes around the village of Corullón and the remainder in the rest of Bierzo). It's a showy, approachable, aromatic and open version of Pétalos, and as I tasted it later on in the season, it felt more polished and round, with a lush texture. It's extremely aromatic, in a way similar to the 2012. This is always one of the best values not only of Bierzo but for the whole of Spain.
  • Desc. de Palacios 2015 Bierzo, Moncerbal, DO (wooden box)
    Decanter
    Rating: 95 (3/24/2016)

    Alvaro Palacios Moncerbal 2015 is showing beautifully. Heady aromas of red roses and plums lead to a generously plump and fleshy palate. Dense and powerful at the outset, followed by a delicate grain of tannin. Very lively, very long.