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El Castañal

El Castañal

  • Bierzo

  • Red

  • Minimun 14 months in Allier French oak barrels

  • 100 % variedad Mencía, viñedo centenario

THE VINEYARD

This exclusive wine is born in the high plot of the “El Castañal” vineyard, in the middle of the pilgrimage route, the St. James Way. Located on a slope facing the rising sun, this vineyard boasts of a perfect 25.1% inclination facing the midday sun. El Castañal is located at an altitude of 700m and has an average yield of 15Hl/hectare ( 37.05hl/acre). The bush vines this wine comes were already planted in 1936, according to the property registry, but the exact date is unknown, unfortunately. A unique vineyard for a very special wine.

TASTING NOTES

The color is bright and captivating, glossy, simply enticing. On the nose, it is a gem: fresh red and black fruit aromas, memories of blackberries, cranberries, sloes, raspberries… inundate the pituitary.  An insulting sweetness, that is made complete with subtle notes of oak that is more than melted into the wine: vanilla and clove, a light touch of smoke-toast. The finish, with fresh notes of thyme and rosemary make it more exciting, if possible.

On the palate, it is a sweet: silky upon entry, the wine is velvety , full-bodied with a juicy texture, sweet and integrated tannins. It expands along the sides of the mouth, gliding elegantly. The finish is intoxicating. Is seems as if it is drawn with a compass, without performers, complete equilibrium. It is followed by a palpable acidity, which furthermore refreshes. El Castañal es una novedad que no va a pasar desapercibida It is a current wine that has an approachable side that is enjoyed from the very beginning, but it also hides many surprises and complexities within that can only be discovered with the passing of time, which promises to be spectacular. 600 bottles of pure magic!

David Seijas was the sommelier at El Bulli Restaurant and the Bulli Foundation, Nariz de Oro (“Golden Nose”) 2006 and National Gastronomical Award 2010.