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Descendientes de José Palacios 'Corullón' Bierzo 2014

Descendientes de José Palacios 'Corullón' Bierzo 2014

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95+ Points Wine Advocate 

"Cropped from a cooler vintage and, therefore, with a cooler profile, the village red (vino de villa in the new classification from the 2017 vintage), the 2014 Corullón, felt like a more complete version of 2013, clearly a more Atlantic (cooler) year, with notes of violets, lilies and pomegranate, really expressive, open and aromatic, more focused, precise, clean and with a palate that follows that same line, plus the verticality and minerality added by the slate soils. Hands down, one of the best (if not the best) vintages of Corullón. Bravo! 12,700 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2016."

"Descendientes de José Palacios, aka Ricardo Pérez Palacios and Álvaro Palacios, are giving the last touches to their brand new, highly impressive winery in Corullón. I tasted their 2014s and 2015s, both impressive—2014 a much wetter year which resulted in cooler wines despite the fact that the average temperature of the year was higher than that of 2015. 2014 is a similar vintage to 2013, and 2016 will be along the same lines. 2015 is a slightly riper but very complete vintage but in no way as warm as 2011 or 2009; according to Ricardo, a floral and more expressive version of 2010. In general, the 2014s were magic, and the 2014 La Faraona was simply stratospheric! It's impressive how they could be improving after so many years, and let's see what happens when they have the new winery working....

In the meantime, Ricardo Pérez Palacios, working within the Bierzo appellation, has promoted a new structure of categories for the wines: the regional ones, Bierzo; the village wines, "vino de vill"; unclassified crus (the equivalent of the lieu-dits of Burgundy), "vino de paraje"; 1er crus called "vino de viña clasificada"; and the grand crus, whose designation will be "vino de gran viña clasificada," with requirements on yields and possibly age. Bierzo takes the lead in this."