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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Paixar is an iconic wine from the Bierzo region which, after several vintages in the hands of Alejandro Luna, Gregory Pérez and the García brothers, now belongs to the Luna Beberide winery. Its name is derived from the local dialect and refers to the age-old, tiny mountain vineyards which the winery operates alongside local growers to keep the wine-making heritage alive.

As it clearly shows on the label, Paixar is a slate-soil wine, one of refined rusticity. The Mencía grapes used in its vinification come from the steep hillsides of Dragonte, a small vineyard facing south and located at between 700 and 1,000 metres above sea level. There, the old Mencía vines (80 years old) produce a scant half kilo per plant and the singular weather conditions lengthen the grape's cycle by about two weeks.

It was always a powerful and concentrated red, but with each successive vintage it has acquired an extra touch of subtlety, taking some of the limelight away from the oak and highlighting the marvellous fruit of its vineyards. The aim is to keep intervention to the minimum in order to transfer all the vineyard character and varietal freshness to the bottle. Consequently, the grapes undergo cold maceration and ferment solely by means of wild yeasts. It rests for 22 months in French oak barrels and is bottled without filtration towards the end of September.

It's an intense wine, and with a definite Atlantic influence, that combines the harsh nature of the Bierzo's slate terrain with strong contrasts in day and night temperatures. It's mineral, balsamic and spicy, elegantly mingling hints of rock dust and fine smoky nuances with the pleasant fresh fruit and the subtle floral and undergrowth notes. On the palate it's refined, structured, with fine tannins and excellent acidity; profound and having an earthy finish. After a highly recommended decanting, the seductive hints of mandarin peel come to the fore. As it's unusual, worth a mention is that the vintages jump from 2013 to 2015, because in 2014 they were only able to produce 2,000 kilos of grapes; the rest were devoured by wild boars, which occurs ever more frequently in vineyards lying in the midst of natural surroundings.

What does this wine taste like?

Picota cherry red / Violet glints
Black fruit / Red fruit / Mineral notes / Spicy notes / Leather / Indian ink / Ageing notes
Balanced / Powerful / Flavoursome / Lively / Fleshy

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Vegetable casseroles, Small game, Ossobuco

Ratings and awards

201896 PK
201794 PK
201693 PN95 PK
201592 PN93 PK
201316 JR92 PN92 PK
201292 PN93 PK
JR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínPK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2018 Paixar is all violets, wild berries and raspberry leaves, a captivating, aromatic, floral and elegant expression of old-vine Mencía from the slate soils of Dragonte (Corullón) at 700 to 950 meters in altitude. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in 225- and 500-liter French oak barrels for 14 months. It's all very classic, but the wine has a very modern and clean profile, a change that perhaps started with the also cooler 2016 vintage. The wine is still powerful and has energy, but there is a level of sophistication, elegance and nuance I hadn't seen before. It's clean and floral and has depth and nuance. But it's on the palate and the beautifully textured mouthfeel that you see the greatness of this wine, which has all the ingredients to develop for a long time in bottle. I think this is the finest vintage of Paixar to date. 12,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020. Bravo!

— Luis Gutiérrez Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 96 PARKER

Customer reviews

6 reviews

Wine making

Ageing period16 months
Type of woodFrench oak
Clarification and filtrationUnfiltered


Vine age80 years
ClimateContinental with atlantic influence

The winery

Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide

Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide

Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide started up in 1986, in Bierzo, under the guidance of Alejandro Luna, with the purpose of making and offering fine wines with all due respect for the land and the vines. As Alejandro maintains: "the prime material and the soil must be the mainstays of what later will be a great wine”; and thanks specifically to those slate and clay-calcareous soils, they obtain fruit-laden, mineral wines. The winery possesses a large16th Century house located...