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. Mencia is the key red grape variety (Godello makes up the white plantings) and under the exacting eye of winemaker Isidra Fernandez Bello, the results are superb.
Their red is 100% Mencia and aged in French barriques for 12 months, giving this rather opulent, soft, raspberry fruit red a subtle, well integrated toastiness.
Offered: May 2017
Price was: £13.95
Vintage report: A good, fresh vintage which should have seen large yields but harvest rains caused a certain amount of complications and producers were obliged to be very picky when it came to grape selection.
Drinking window: It is drinking perfectly now, with fresh acidity and soft tannins but will continue to age well through to 2021.
Food matching: An excellent match for barbecued meats, charcuterie or cassoulet.
Reviews: "Dense dark fruit with a joyous lift of red raspberries. Plump, fleshy and supple, with blueberry acidity. This scores highly for its bold, energetic character and beautifully balanced finish, culminating in a savoury sign-off. Great value." - 93 points. Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter magazine.
93 points in the Penin Wine Guide