Raul Perez • Ultreia Valtuille 2018
72,00 €(1 l = 96,00 €)
Über das Weingut Raúl Pérez
Raul Perez... es gibt wohl kaum einen gewichtigeren Namen im Weinbau Spaniens. Nicht nur wegen seines langen, weißen Rauschebart und beeindruckender Gestalt, nein viel mehr durch seine önoligische Expertise, die man hinter der wetter-gegerbten Gesicht auf den ersten Blick nicht vermuten würde. Aber Raul Perez wurde mehrfach zum besten Winzer Spaniens und einmal sogar zum besten Winzer der Welt gekürt.
Über den Wein Ultreia Valtuille 2018
Die Weine der Ultreia Serie stellen die Spitze von Raul Perez' Portfolio dar. Der Valtuille stammt von einem einzigen Weinberg, dem berühmten Las Villegas in der Gemeinde Valtuille. Aus uralten Mencia-Reben kultiviert Raúl den Romanee-Conti Spaniens, einen burgunder-artigen, blumigen Weltklasse-Wein, der für spanische Verhältnisse eine unvergleichliche Finesse und Eleganz besitzt. Der Ultreia Valtuille ist unzweifelhaft die Krönung der autochthonen Mencia-Traube, ein filigranes Monument des spanischen Weinbaus.
Wenn Sie mehr über das Weingut, den Wein und den Winzer erfahren möchten, besuchen Sie doch den internet-Auftritt von Raúl Pèrez.
Im Wine Advocate #249 vergab Parkers Verkoster für spanischen Wein, Luis Gutiérrez, die Weltklasse-Note von:
Der Wortlaut der Lobeshymne lautet:
The 2018 Ultreia Valtuille feels very young. Pérez explained that they used more new oak here because he thinks this is the most serious vintage of this wine ever and also his favorite. This is from a plot in Villegas on 100% sandy soils, and it's the twin plot to the Cepas Centenarias from Castro Ventosa, his family winery. As this was the first single-vineyard they produced, they called it simply Valtuille; but with the new classification, this should be called Villegas. This is serious and designed for the long run, subtle and elegant, with the profile of a grand cru, some baby fat and a touch of oak but with juicy tannins, gobsmacking balance and great length. Drink the 2018 La Vizcaína La Vitoriana while you wait for this. 2018 was a low-yielding year in this plot, and they got some 3,000 bottles from almost two hectares that have been organically farmed for some six years now. The first vintage was 2005, which was also bottled as Matador Raúl Pérez. This might change names in the future, as it might be confused with one of the new Vino de Villa.
Raúl Pérez has finished his new winery for his Ultreia St Jacques, and he vinified the 2019 there already. For the whites, they are moving toward 2,500-liter oak foudres, slowly leaving from smaller oak containers, and they are doing something similar with the reds.
2017 was a weird vintage. As they saw the hot weather, they started harvesting on the 15th of August, earlier than ever, and thus avoided high alcohol, but the vegetative cycle was one month shorter. The wines are quite drinkable now, but the question mark is about the aging potential of the wines. The whites might be a little more tropical (not here), but they have low alcohol and were harvested at the right time.
He cannot find a vintage to compare with 2018, perhaps 2001 and 2008, but he thinks 2018 is the most complete, with the harvesting dates of yesteryear and moderate alcohol. He thinks 2008 is similar, but the wines were hard and took time, while 2018 delivered wines that are harmonious and approachable early on. 2018 is the best vintage he has known in Bierzo. Full stop. I tasted the 2017s and 2018s from his La Vitoriana range, and the styles are radically different: the 2017s are darker even though they had a shorter maceration, and the 2018s are lighter colored after a longer maceration. But the more ripeness and alcohol you have, the more you extract. In 2019, the whole Vizcaína range is in 500-liter barrels and foudre, while they still had some 225-liter barrels in 2017 and 2018.
The initial idea about 2019 was that it was going to be a year of power with hard tannins, and they did longer macerations trying to polish the tannins. They now think it might be a year to drink early on, warmer rather than cold. But the wines are still developing in oak, and it's too early to say.
- Enthält Sulfite
- 13,5% vol.
- 0,75 Liter