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2019 Cesar Marquez Peres "Pajares" Mencia, Bierzo, Spain

2019 Cesar Marquez Peres "Pajares" Mencia, Bierzo, Spain

$26.99

  • 2019 Cesar Marquez Peres "Pajares" Mencia, Bierzo, Spain

    2019 Cesar Marquez Peres "Pajares" Mencia, Bierzo, Spain

    $26.99 Excl. tax

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    A wine that overflows with natural elegance as a result of the quality of the raw material and the expertise of the makers. Fresh red and black fruit, vegetal notes and spicy touches. On the palate it's fruity, enveloping and very broad.

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    ABOUT THIS WINE

    César Márquez Parajes is a coupage of the most prestigious and unique Bierzo plots. Old vines grown as they used to be, without using pesticides or chemicals that can damage the natural balance of the terroir. Each of the plots is worked separately according to their needs and the harvest is carried out manually.

    In the winery, 50% of the grapes used to make César Márquez Parajes are destemmed. Then they are pressed in the old-fashioned way, with feet, so that some of them stay whole during fermentation. Fermentation is spontaneous with the grape’s native yeasts. Once the must becomes wine, it is pressed and placed into 225 and 500 litre barrels separately. After 12 months the barrels are emptied and the different wines are combined.

    ABOUT THIS PRODUCER

    Young winemaker César Márquez has deep family roots in the Bierzo region. His introduction to winemaking was via uncle Raul (Pérez). And as an apprenticeship has worked in the family wineries, and spent time in Mendoza with the Michelini brothers. For his own project, started in 2015, he is exploring the possibilities of a Burgundy-inspired classification system in Bierzo. He works a number of parcels of over 100 year old bush vines around Valtuille de Abajo. The winemaking in all his reds is quite similar, aiming to express the origin of the grapes over the winemaking process. In a nutshell, Mencía grapes – plus a little Garnacha Tintorera which grows in between – are partially destemmed and fermented in open barriques. Post-fermentation macerations are normally quite long, after which, all wines spend 12 months in old barrels without any racking or top ups before being released the following winter. Each has a different expression based on their soils, altitudes and expositions. His fresh, expressive Mencías show the promise of this grape in the right place and hands.

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