Casar de Burbia is one of a handful of small, very high quality estates that is bringing the wines of Bierzo in north west Spain into the spotlight.
Owned and run by the Fernandez Bello family, the estate has 27 hectares of vines, most of which are at around 600m above sea level. Godello is the key white grape variety (Mencia makes up the red plantings) and under the exacting eye of winemaker Isidra Fernandez Bello, the results are superb.
The 2016 Godello is zesty and fresh, with a light citrus character, subtle floral notes and a slight minerality. The wine spent 8 months maturing on the lees (the dead yeast cells left after fermentation) to add complexity and depth of flavour.
Offered: May 2017
Price was: £12.50
Vintage report: Rain during flowering caused some problems in the form of millerandage (bunches with non-uniform grape sizes), this was followed by a very hot summer. Overall quality was very good though. The wines were described by one winemaker as having the “structure of continental vintages and the aromatic character of Atlantic vintages.”
Drinking window: Lovely and zippy now, I suspect it will be at its best 2018 – 2019, but will continue to drink well through to 2020.
Food matching: It is completely delicious drunk by itself, but would also go very well with seafood.