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Mengoba Mencía Alicante Bouschet 2019

Mengoba Mencía Alicante Bouschet

2019
93
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%

The wine

The Mengoba winery is the personal project of the winemaker and vine grower Grégory Pérez. After studying in Bordeaux and working in renowned houses such as Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Château Cos d'Estournel, he felt strongly attracted to the Bierzo region. Perhaps it was due to his family's long-standing roots, or maybe the influence of wine-producing friends, but the truth of the matter is that Grégory succeeded in becoming one of the region's most highly regarded and admired producers.

His philosophy as regards work is based on knowledge of and deep respect for the vineyard. Keeping the soils alive seems fundamental to someone who's looking to maintain the richness of the ecosystem. Thus, he only utilises organic fertilisers in small quantities, applies natural remedies to combat diseases and limits yields to the vigour of the plant's natural growth. He uses solely native yeasts and restricts sulphur applications to the absolute minimum. According to Grégory, it's purely by respecting the origin of the grape that authentic wines are obtained.

A good example of all this is the Mengoba red, a blend of Mencía and Alicante Bouschet, an elegant and individual wine that enchants everyone who tries it. The Mencía grapes, the predominant variety, come from a steep, slate-strewn vineyard, over 80 years old and located 700 metres above sea level; the Alicante Bouschet, otherwise known as the Garnacha Tintorera, with 50 year-old vines lying at 550 metres. The land is cultivated traditionally, with animals (cows) playing their part and all the grapes are harvested by hand. In the bodega, the wine is matured in large-capacity oak casks so as not to detract from the fruit.

Thus a red is obtained that's a lovely violet colour with a nose of cherries, black plums, liquorice, blue flowers and a touch of cocoa. On the palate it combines the body and maturity of the Alicante Bouschet (one of the few surviving grapes to have dark pulp) with the Mencía's freshness, resulting in a juicy, fresh, powerful and refined wine. Spices, hints of woodland trees and laurel conceal slightly harsh tannins which fade away with a little aeration. The mouthfeel becomes silky, pleasant, lactic, streamlined by an acidity that makes it very easy to drink. Having a fresh and rounded finish, with ash and spice suggestions that invite further sipping.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Duck / Pork barbecue ribs / Pasta with bolognese sauce

Ratings and awards

201993 PK
201894 PK
201693 PK
201491 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2019 Mengoba Mencía Alicante Bouschet also contain some white grapes from the field blend found in the old vineyards. It comes from different Mencía plots and one Alicante Bouschet vineyard in the village of Espanillo at some 700 meters in altitude. It has an earthy, Rhône-ish profile with some iron and meat notes, faintly animal with hints of fountain pen ink. It has a grainy texture, rustic and earthy, with abundant tannins. It fermented with 20% full clusters in 5,000-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The press wine is added to the wine that matured for 16 months. 13,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

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The winery

Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba

Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba

Mengoba is the winery personally run by Gregory Pérez, a real enthusiast within his profession, and today a benchmark in the Bierzo region. Starting out in 1998 at the Château Cos d'Estounel, Gregory learnt the practical art of pruning and wine-growing at the hands of Guy Mallet. In Spain, he formed part of the team at Luna Beberide and was one of the creators of Paixar, one of Bierzo’s best wines. The vineyards of Bodegas Mengoba extend over Espanillo,...

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