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Ultreia Saint Jacques 2019

Ultreia Saint Jacques

The best introduction to Bierzo


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production150,000 bottles

The wine

Ultreia Saint Jacques is another great wine from master winemaker Raúl Pérez. It is produced in his native Bierzo, a wonderful wine region located between inland Spain and the coast, where vines enjoy mild weather with the best features of both the Atlantic and continental climates. Grapes grown on old vines, between 50 and 100 years old, in the Villegas vineyard in Valtuille de Abajo, are used alongside younger Mencia from Villadecanes. The older plants are less vigorous and their finer shoots produce small purplish-black grapes in medium-sized bunches. Harvesting is carried out from the first week in September until early October, seeking out those perfectly ripe grapes which will create velvety, fresh and subtle wines.

The whole bunch is used, grapes and stems, and fermented in open wooden vats with a long maceration, little extraction and no temperature control for between two and five months depending on the evolution of each vintage. Ageing is carried out both in 225-litre wooden foudres previously used once or twice and large concrete tanks. The final blend displays the best features of each style of ageing coming together to accompany, favour and embellish the wine's fruity sensations rather than overpower them as sometimes happens.

Bottled unclarified and unfiltered, Ultreia Saint Jacques delights with a clear floral feeling from the start. Notes of violets and fresh mineral aromas amaze the nose, while a clear hint of chalk and a perfectly integrated and refreshing acidity treat the mouth to a seductive sensation. Spices, orange peel, and wild strawberry tarts abound in a full, rounded and delicious gift to the palate. With a little time in the glass, aromas rarely enjoyed in this price range appear – coffee, sarsaparilla, rose petals and ripe redcurrants. A mouth decorated with well-polished tannins and the wonderful freshness typical of wines from the north of Spain.

It may well be one of Raúl Pérez's most economic wines, but it is also undoubtedly one of the best wines in Bierzo thanks to its simple interpretation and surprisingly high quality for a wine at this price. Improving with every vintage, working towards a better and better reflection and expression of its vineyards, Ultreia Saint Jacques is fast becoming an essential wine to understand the true potential of the DO Bierzo appellation, as seen by the fact that prestigious award-winning restaurants like Le Bernardin in New York, widely considered to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the world, have decided to include it on their select wine list. But if you are not planning a visit to New York soon, don't worry, you can enjoy a glass of Ultreia Saint Jacques in the comfort of your own and it tastes just as good!

What does this wine taste like?

Raspberry / Violets
Red fruit / Mineral / Voluminous / Medium-bodied

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Sausages and ham
Red meat
Stews and soups

Veal carpaccio, Oven-cooked pork, Cured sausages

Ratings and awards

201992 PN
201893+ PK16 JR91 PN
201793 PK
201692 PN
201593 PK
200994 PK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker

Mulberry and chocolate-malty nose. Sour cherries with spice, leather and cinnamon on the palate. Black-rocks-dripping-cold-rain freshness, ferns, charred elderberries. A brave, throaty wine that begs for long, long, long, slow, slow, slow-cooked Massaman ox-cheek stew. GV - Good value.

— Tamlyn Currin (12/12/2020)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2018 - 16 JANCIS ROBINSON

The truly impressive 2018 Ultreia Saint Jacques transcends its price category. They destemmed more grapes because they fermented it in the oak vats they bought from Vega Sicilia to use in the new winery, where it macerated for two months and then matured in used barrels for nine to 10 months. The secret is to use very good grapes from very good vineyards. The wine is clean, precise and fresh, and the oak is super-subtle, almost unnoticeable. The palate reflects a fluid wine of pleasure, a red of thirst. This is the wine where they have invested more, and 2018 has to be the finest vintage to date. They did 150,000 bottles of this in the outstanding 2018 vintage. It was bottled in October/November 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 93+ PARKER

Customer reviews

130 reviews

Wine making

Vinification materialWood / Cement
Ageing periodBetween 10 and 12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak
Clarification and filtrationBottled unfined and unfiltered



Vine ageBetween 30 and 130 years
OrientationEast and south
Surface area2 hectares