Gregory Perez's delicious Mencia from Bierzo has a soft, velvety texture with ripe red and dark fruit flavours lifted by Mencia's brisk acidity. A small amount of Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet, once widely planted here) gives the wine its more generous feel.
The grapes are sourced from old, head-pruned Mencia vines grown on the rocky hillside vineyards of Espanillo, Valtuille, Villafranca de El Bierzo and Carracedo with a range of 30-60 year old vines. To keep the wine pure and juicy, Perez de-stems 90% of the fruit, and ferments it with wild yeast in stainless-steel vats.
After starting his career in France, his roots and a friends encouragement brought him to Spain, the Bierzo region, to be exact. Gregory Perez is one of the new generations most promising, dedicated to the creation of fantastic Spanish wines in his winery; a project which he dedicates all of his energy and passion and is based on the philosophy of respect and sustainability. This philosophy highlights the remarkable personality of each terroir, thus contributing to the production of original natural wines.
Wine Advocate 91pts (2017) - The entry-level red 2017 Brezo Mencia follows the path of the 2016 vintage, with its fruit-driven but complex nose and its serious palate. It's perhaps a tad riper than the previous year, denoting a very warm growing season. This contains some 15% Garnacha Tintorera but can still be labeled as a varietal wine. It fermented with 80% full clusters and was bottled unoaked.