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Villa de Corullón 2015 (Doble Magnum)

Villa de Corullón

2015 (Doble Magnum)
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti15.0%

The wine

If Pétalos is the regional wine, in which the Bierzo's different personalities are brought together, Corullón is the local wine, from the small town of Villa de Corullón. It is a wine distinguished by its powerfulness, the intensity of the slate soils and the vigour of the old vineyards, aged between 60 and 100 years old; and likewise, by the elegance of its velvety texture.

Summary of Ricardo P. Palacios' evaluation of the 2015 vintage

The 2015 vintage has seen a dry year with a rainy harvest, which has resulted in a rare yet lovely balance. In fact, it has been the driest year in the last fifty in Corullón, with spring and summer being especially low in rainfall, but with constant moderate temperatures which over time speeded up the vegetative cycle by almost two weeks. Only the arrival of harvest-time offset this lack of moisture with showers that added up to a third of the year's rainfall, reaching as much as 100 litres in the middle of September. A spring and summer with a continental profile, that's for sure, and a damp harvest typical of an Atlantic climate.

Notwithstanding these weather conditions, owing to the fact that the Mencía variety has a short vegetative cycle which also accelerates the ripening process in the final stage, the earliest areas ripen at the same time every year; it's only at the highest levels that they can be delayed by even a month, as was the case with La Faraona. As often happens in dry years, the dryness of 2015 didn't bring forward the start of the harvest (September 5th), but it did concentrate it into fewer days (only 23 days, when the norm for years with damper harvests can be up to 2 months).

The wines still maintain the fresh Atlantic character of the two previous vintages and seem to pick up both the aroma of grapes well-ripened in the sun and the freshness of the damp harvest. Delicate, very aromatic and with fluid, silky tannins.

What does this wine taste like?


Ratings and awards

202295-97 PK
202197 PK
202097 PK95 SK92 DC
201996 PK94 PN92 SK
201896 PK16.5 JR94 PN94 SK93 WS
201794-96 PK95 PN93 WS
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectatorDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker, Jancis Robinson, Suckling, and Parker

The village wine 2018 Corullón has, for the first time, the new category Vino de Villa (village wine!). It comes from around 90 plots of their own vineyards. In the cooler and more Atlantic 2018, they had more rain than the previous two vintages and a lower average temperature, and they think it was excellent for their wines ("a modern version of 2001," Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me). There are around 8% white grapes here, and the wine fermented in oak vats with punching down, and the élevage was in a combination of barriques, bocoyes and foudres, oak containers of different sizes, and was short of 11 months. This is the modern version of 2001 and 2012, and in 2018, it has the part of Moncerbal (almost 40%) that was not in the 2017 (because of hail, the Moncerbal bottling was not produced in 2017), so it goes back to the classical style. There is terrific balance here, great purity, with the essence of slate; here, we move from the fruit of the Pétalos to the herbs. But there is complexity and nuance, violets, rockrose, sap, resin, fern, cinnamon and citrus, all very subtle and harmonious. The flavors have similar purity, and if these wines never have high acidity, there is great freshness, soft citrus, all very subtle and velvety. This is sooo easy to drink it could be dangerous... They produced 23,034 bottles and other formats, half-bottles, magnums, double magnums and jeroboams. It was bottled in January 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 96 PARKER

Purplish mid crimson. High-toned, sweet, minerally nose and then salty-sweet fruit on the palate. There's a suggestion of sweet malted milk. Jewelly and flattering. Lots of life here, but some palates may find it just a bit too sweet. I must say I find the La Montesa Rioja fresher.

— Jancis Robinson (10/03/2021) Vintage 2018 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Fragrant nose of loganberries, wild raspberries, lemon zest, walnuts, bark, violets and dried spices. Medium-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Elegant and precise. Tight, mineral finish. Better from 2022.

— James Suckling (14/10/2021) Vintage 2018 - 94 SUCKLING

I was blown away by the 2020 wines in barrel in June 2021 and found the 2020 Villa de Corullón very ready, open, expressive, floral and ethereal. It destroyed the idea I had of a warm and ripe 2020. Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me he was thinking of bottling the 2020s earlier, as they didn't need a long élevage, just nine or 10 months in barrel. The wine is pale, the palest Corullón ever, with 13.7% alcohol—perhaps the vines got blocked and didn't develop more color compounds or sugar. The wine makes me think of a red from Jura; it has a different profile and is more delicate, ethereal and full of light and energy. Pérez, who hates comparisons with other regions, couldn't stop saying that it felt like a Morey Saint Denis! It's all flowers and red fruit, with lot of super fine tannins (the 2019 tannins are rougher) that are round and give it a velvety texture with no rusticity—elegant and balanced. There is a nice balance between tannin and acidity, something this has in common with the 2019, which makes the vintages quite unusual, because being warm, the wines show balance. Today it feels more like Moncerbal than the Moncerbal bottling; nevertheless, Corullón is around 40% from Moncerbal... It has to be my favorite Corullón to date. 22,183 bottles and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in October 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 97 PARKER

Customer reviews

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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...