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 the juicy blackcurrant fruit a subtle, well integrated toastiness.
It is drinking perfectly now, with fresh acidity and soft tannins but will continue to age well over the next 3 - 4 years. It is a very good buy for under £15 a bottle and would be an excellent match for barbecued meats, charcuterie or cassoulet.
Click here to have a look at the white from the same producer.
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