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Pétalos del Bierzo 2020

Pétalos del Bierzo

2020
The Palacios, working their magic in the Bierzo
93+
PARKER
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£18.85

/ 0.75 L btl

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production280,000 - 320,000 bottles

The wine

Bierzo or Burgundy? The question we ask ourselves on uncorking and then pouring out the first glass. Definitely Bierzo, but a special Bierzo at that. An undoubtedly fragrant wine, high quality, extremely pleasant, boasting what very few other wines can compete with in this price range. The sensation of smoothness is the feature that best defines the palate… and its name: Pétalos (Petals).

What does this wine taste like?

Broadly speaking, Pétalos is a wine with an Atlantic character and predominantly acidic fruit - a common occurrence in this region with so few hours of sunshine. Nevertheless, it is a lovely sweet-touched wine, with a dash of sugary lusciousness. Pétalos is along the lines of the great Moncerbal, crystalline and fluid, and offers suggestions of concentrated fruit, not overly ripe (the yields of these vineyards are extremely low), mineral traces, graphite notes, hummus and a balsamic background which gains in intensity with time in the glass; smoky notes too, wild flowers (violets, rockrose blossom), fresh wafts ... which add to its aromatic complexity and define its profile, as a perfumed and seductive wine. On the palate its great acidity contrasts with a very pleasant velvety feel. The wine is powerful, intense, oily, with hints of aromatic plants which confer on it a subtly bitter undertone.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Picota cherry red / Violet rim / Dark
Bouquet
Higly aromatic / Pinks / Violets / Red berries / Smoky notes
Mouth
Mineral / Velvety / Rich / Medium-bodied / Persistent

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
pasta
Pasta
carnes-rojas
Red meat
quesos-azules
Blue cheeses

Ox fillet / Lamb / Cooked pork products / Serrano ham / Veal carpaccio / Blue cheeses

Ratings and awards

202093+ PK
201993+ PK16.5 JR92 PN93 SK91 WS92 DC
201893+ PK92 PN93 SK
201793 PK92 PN93 SK
201692+ PK16.5+ JR93 PN92 SK92 WS93 DC
201592+ PK93 PN92 SK90 WS91 DC
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectatorDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker, Jancis Robinson, and Suckling

The regional red 2020 Pétalos comes from 90 hectares of vineyards, mainly from Corullón and Villafranca del Bierzo and the districts of Viariz, Hornija, Valtuille de Abajo and Otero. It mixes expositions, altitudes and soils and wants to paint a picture of Bierzo in the warm 2020 vintage. They reckon it's 92% Mencía with 5% other red grapes (Alicante Bouschet, Gran Negro, Pan y Carne and Negreda) and 3% whites (Valenciana, Jerez and Godello) with an average yield of 26 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes were picked from August 28th to September 24th and fermented partly destemmed in stainless steel and oak vats with indigenous yeasts for 43 days with a slow malolactic fermentation that lasted two months. The wine matured in barrel for around eight months (malolactic was fast, and the wines were put in barrel early) and was bottled unclarified, unfiltered and non-stabilized with cold. It has good ripeness with 14% alcohol (their upper limit) and moderate acidity at 4.6 grams (of tartaric acid). It's a little more fruit-driven, a vintage of sun, jovial and juicy, approachable and round with very fine, slightly powdery tannins. The fruit is darker than in the 2019. This is still young, and, as it happens with even the most approachable wines from the region, it should be even better in a couple of years. I tasted it again in mid-December, and the wine is showing better and better; time in bottle has done it some good, and the wine has settled and is getting more balanced. I don't feel the sun now; it's harmonious and more serious, juicy and tasty. A little better than anticipated. They had 1,050 barrels that produced 263,000 bottles and 1,500 magnums. It was bottled in May 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 93+ PARKER

Cocoa nib and youthful cedar oak notes, a touch of spice and fresh fig. Focused and tight core of red and dark fruits. Subtle brioche and bready notes with a smoky granitic undertone. Really appealing.

— Alistair Cooper (13/09/2021)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2019 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Dark cherries, plums, dried herbs and stones on the nose. Full-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Rich, layered, and textured with minerality and balance. Supple finish. Drink or hold.

— James Suckling (14/10/2021)JamesSuckling.com Vintage 2019 - 93 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

4.2/5
69 reviews
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Winemaking

Ageing period10 months
Type of woodFrench oak

Vineyards

Pétalos is made using grapes from very old vines, planted at very high altitudes, in the Corullón district, where the soils are primarily slate, in contrast to the majority in the area which are naturally clay. It therefore starts off with certain specific conditions already in place, despite being thought of, as occurs with Burgundy, as a regional wine, and an introduction to the Bierzo. So it is, but just with a distinct personality.

Vine ageBetween 40 and 90 years
SoilClay sand / Slate
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence
YieldsLow yields

The winery

Descendientes de J. Palacios

Descendientes de J. Palacios

The small town of Corullón is set in a landscape of hills, amidst ancient slate-covered slopes, in a land of monks and pilgrimages (Compostela is not far away) and amongst Mencía grapes - an exceptional setting which Ricardo Pérez Palacios and Álvaro Palacios (Álvaro Palacios, Priorat) discovered in 1999. A new winery to join the Palacios dynasty (Palacios Remondo, in La Rioja), it extends to a total of 27 ha of vineyards scattered over nearly...

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