2015 Lalama, Dominio do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra, Spain

2015 Lalama, Dominio do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra, Spain

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2015 Lalama, Dominio do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra, Spain

Description

Dominio do Bibei’s Lalama from Ribeira Sacra in Galicia is a blend of 90% Mencía and 10% Brancellao, Mouratón, Sousón and Garnacha, all of which are grown on slate, granite and clay. This is a deliciously fresh and fragrant wine, bursting with red cherry and redcurrant aromas – it should not, however, be underestimated. A complex pencil shaving note, possibly originating from the granite bedrock, really shines through and adds a cooling mineral streak to the wild herb (dill especially), floral, lightly peppery, savoury profile. Only old French oak has been used, allowing the floral and fruit aromas to take centre stage. Try this with cheese and charcuterie or mushroom risotto. Ready to drink now.
Lucy Bland, Buying Assistant (March 2020)
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About this WINE

Dominio do Bibei

Dominio do Bibei

Ribeira Sacra is one of the most exciting regions to emerge from Spain in recent years. Situated in the North-Eastern corner in Galicia, the area is remote, the landscape arid and mountainous. Domino do Bibei's winemaker, Javier Domínguez, is producing modern wines with beautiful definition and verve, using traditional grape varieties such as Mencia, Garnacha and Muraton for the reds and Godello, Albariño and Dona Blanca in his whites.

The vineyards are steeply terraced at high altitude, up to 670 metres. There is little top soil with the old vines working hard to survive amongst the rocky terrain of slate/schist. These are thoughtful wines which not only please but also challenge the senses through their extraordinary purity and detail. No stainless steel is used, fermentation and storage is in wood and cement. Grapes are hand harvested and are fed via a gravity system.

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Ribeira Sacra

Ribeira Sacra

Ribeira Sacra is one of the most exciting wine regions to emerge from Spain in recent years. Situated in the North Eastern corner in Galicia, the area is remote, the landscape arid and mountainous. Winemaker Javier Dominguez is producing modern wines with beautiful definition and verve, using traditional grape varieties such as Mencia, Garnacha and Muraton for the reds and Godello, Albarino and Dona Blanca in his whites. The vineyards are steeply terraced at high altitude, up to 670 meters.

There is little top soil with the old vines working hard to survive amongst the rocky terrain of slate/schist. These are thoughtful wines which not only please but also challenge the senses through their extraordinary purity and detail. No stainless steel is used, fermentation and storage is in wood and cement. Grapes are hand harvested and are fed via a gravity system.

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Mencia

Mencia

Mencía is the primary grape of the Bierzo region and its undisputed star, covering nearly two-thirds of the vineyards. This red grape variety is grown almost exclusively in north-western part of Spain (especially in the DOs of Galicia, Valdeorras, Monterrei, and Ribeira Sacra). Mencía ripens early, by mid-September, and is well suited to the maritime climate of Bierzo where autumn rains are quite common.

Mencía has only recently come into spotlight as a quality, potential-laden grape variety. When properly made, it offers fascinating wines across a contrasting spectrum of styles; on the one end are fruity and forward wines with supple tannins and succulent fruit. On the other end are more concentrated, powerful styles with an exotic earthiness, smooth tannins and an enviable reflection of the minerally-rich Bierzo terroir.

Mencía is capable of making excellent wine on its own, with no need to sacrifice its unique character in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot that are commonplace elsewhere in Spain.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
jancisrobinson.com17/20

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
The nose of the 2015 Lalama reveals a warm and dry year with good ripeness. Yields were also low because they lost some 62% of the grapes to hail, and the wine is concentrated and powerful, quite fruit-driven and expressive, juicy and chewy. It has some spicy and smoky undertones and a dry, long finish. This is a modern and luxurious style of Ribeira Sacra. 65,893 bottles and 596 magnums produced. It was bottled in October 2017.
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (February 2019)
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jancisrobinson.com17/20
90% Mencía and 10% a field blend of Brancellao, Mouratón, Sousón and Garnacha, all grown on slate, granite and clay. Aged in old French oak. Mid garnet. Very lively – that great blend of sweet fruit of Mencía with the minerally impact and freshness of the terroir. Really serious, distinctive wine that could only come from this strange, 'heroic' valley in Galicia. Long, too. After the sweetness there's a peppery note. This is a future wine, real wine quality not dancing to an established drum. Really good!
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (June 2020)
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