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Descendientes de J. Palacios

After causing a sensation in Priorat with his grands crus, Álvaro Palacios went in search of a new challenge.
The Descendientes de J. Palacios winery in Bierzo produces velvety single-varietal wines.
Together with his nephew Ricardo Pérez Palacios, he discovered Bierzo and founded Bodega Descendientes de J. Palacios.
In the cool and damp climate of the previously somewhat underestimated wine region in the north-west of Spain, the Mencía grape variety has been indigenous for hundreds of years. There are actually two different variants of this grape. Ricardo Pérez Palacios, who is in charge of production, produces velvety and powerful single-varietal wines with a mineral touch from the Mencía grapes grown on 60 to 90-year-old vines. The grape is related to the Cabernet Franc variety. The conditions in Bierzo are just as distinctive as the results.
The wine region lies in a tectonic basin at 500 metres above sea level and is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The mountain slopes are very steep and not easy to manage, which is why horses and mules have to be used instead of tractors. A lot of manual labour – each vine has to be weeded individually without using herbicides – and a biodynamic winegrowing approach show the great respect which the winemakers have for the natural world and the area around the micro-plots of Moncerbal, Las Lamas and La Faraona.
  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Bierzo

Wines from Descendientes de J. Palacios