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Casar de Burbia 2019

Casar de Burbia



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Forty-year-old vines planted in the clay estates of the Valtuille de Arriba valley produce the grapes behind the Casar de Burbia range of wines. The Mencia grapes used for the Casar de Burbia 2015 come from Finca Valdepiñeiro, a wonderful hillside plot at an altitude of 600 metres.

The fruit was harvested manually and underwent a cold pre-maceration process to draw out its most delicate aromas. The must was then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks before being left to stand on its fine lees for two months. It was then aged in French oak barrels for twelve months.

The result of this process is a pure Mencia varietal wine with a striking and dense violet colour. The high quality of the grapes gives it its fruitiness while the oak brings vanilla and caramel creaminess. It is extremely pleasant in the mouth with very fine tannins and a rounded sensation thanks, partly, to the clay soils of its vineyards. Delicate vegetal tones appear in colder vintages, adding freshness to the more usual taste of wild fruit (raspberries), cherries, violets, fallen leaves and smoky hints. It is robust, fresh, and mature on drinking; a reasonably spicy and mineral wine full of life. An excellent example of this cellar’s wines, it is both complex and direct with clear features such as its acidity and tannins which indicate this is a wine which will keep well too.

The versatility of its outstanding harmony means it pairs perfectly with many dishes, as well as being the ideal wine for a casual get-together with friends.

What does this wine taste like?

Purplish red / Clean / Bright / Opaque / Thick tears
Fruit aromas / Raspberry / Toffee notes / Caramel / Ageing notes / Expressive
Good acidity / Flavoursome / Tannic / Vivacious / Intense / Straightforward / Fruit notes / Ageing notes / Varietal notes / Long

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Red meats / Hare / Entrecôte with pepper sauce / Vegetable casseroles / Cooked sausages

Ratings and awards

201990 PK90 PN91 SK
201890 PN91 SK
201791 PN
201693 PN
201590 PK93 PN93 SK
201415.5 JR93 PN93 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Suckling

The ripe and juicy 2019 Casar Mencía has a fruit-driven nose with notes of ripe berries and some flowers. It's at the higher end of ripeness on the Mencía spectrum and has 14.5% alcohol. It matured in 500- and 700-liter oak barrels for one year. 60,000 bottles produced.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 90 PARKER

A ripe nose of blackberries, dark cherries, dried violets, potpourri and sweet spices. Full-bodied with powdery tannins. Textured and creamy. Supple, chocolatey finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

— James Suckling (14/10/2021) Vintage 2019 - 91 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

22 reviews


Vinification materialWood
Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageNew
Type of woodFrench oak



The winery

Bodega Casar de Burbia

Bodega Casar de Burbia

Casar de Burbia is a purely family-owned winery that was founded by Nemesio Fernández Bruña, the first generation of a saga of vine growers and vine-growers, as they themselves like to call themselves, which has survived to this day. That boy who, back in the 1940s, was entrusted with cleaning the clay vats as he was the only one who fit through the narrow mouths, decided in 1989 to make his dream come true and began to acquire old vineyards in El Bierzo. Obsessed with altitude...