Bodegas Descendientes de J. Palacios

D.O.: Bierzo

To talk of Descendientes de J. Palacios is to talk about Ricardo Perez and his uncle Álvaro Palacios, both passionate about simplifying the treatment of the vineyards and the wine production process, leading them to become pioneers of Biodynamic viticulture. The winery currently boasts 30 hectares of vineyards spread over 200 different plots, home to old vines and steep soils, which combines the organic with the immaterial in the constant search for the definition and purity of their wines.

Alvaro Palacios was already known throughout the world of wine in Spain, even since he began travelling around Spain selling barrels for wineries. According to Alvaro, after a difficult decision of choosing between Priorat or El Bierzo to develop wines, he had initially chosen to go to Priorat. It was his nephew Ricardo Pérez who then persuaded him to choose El Bierzo. Pérez, son of Palacios’ sister Chelo Palacios, had visited the area and was captivated by the uniqueness of the region, as well as the possibilities of the Mencia grape and the richness and variety of ground to make different wines.


Ricardo Pérez is often seen as the leader of the project, but he has always been and is supported by the help of his uncle Alvaro. The two of them founded Descendientes de J.Palacios as a homage to the father of Álvaro and grandfather of Ricardo, who passed away in 2000. At this time, Alvaro Palacios was already a recognized and respected figure within the world of wine when he arrived in El Biezo. Ricardo, who also goes by the nick name “Titin” also was experienced in the industry, spending time in France, Chile and the United States, as well as having lived since birth in the family winery Herencia Remondo in La Rioja, and visiting a lot of famous French producers along with Alvaro.


History of the winery


Descendientes de J. Palacios began back in 1999, with the help and collaboration of berciano winemaker Raúl Perez, who is passionate for innovative challenges in winemaking and is one of the great masters when it comes to the Mencía grape variety. At the time they began with small vineyards in Corullón on the slopes, as well as an old stone cellar in the centre of Villafranca del Bierzo.


The winery began in 1999 producing two different wines: Bierzo, a simple red made using grapes from different plots from all over the Bierzo, and Corullón, a special wine, made from the vines grown in Corullón. Until 2001, concentrated all its efforts on producing wines from grapes in Corullón, as at that time they had 15 hectares of vineyards at high altitudes available, spread across 70 small plots, all home to different soils, altitudes and exposure to the sun. Biodynamic viticulture was carried out in the quest for definition and purity in their single vineyard wines: Las Lamas, Moncerbal, La Faraona, San Martín, Fontelas. Each wine was independent and had its own sense of character.


Since the adventure began, the winery has been acquiring new vineyards. In order to accommodate for the production of wines and new labels, the company began construction of a new winery in 2015 measured in the place of 'Chao do Val', near the local highway LE-5250-Sobrado Villafranca del Bierzo. The new facilities have been designed by renowned architect Rafael Moneo and will be completed in 2017. This will allow Descendientes de J. Palacios to grow, and move from the current level of production of 400,000 bottles up to 600,000 bottles within four or five years, although the new winery is sized to a production of about 800,000 bottles. Ricardo Pérez Palacios, with his uncle Alvaro Palacios, have been working for nearly two years with the architect Rafael Moneo in the development and design of the project. Aside from the functionality of the new facility, they are also aiming for large gazebo built on the ground, overlooking the vineyards owned by winery, such as Moncerbal, Las Lamas, Fontelas or La Faraona, plus the whole valley of Corullón and Peña of Seo.


The new winery will be over 6,000 m2. More importantly, their premium wines will be aged 15 metres underground, with the humidity of the earth in soaked caves where the wine will rest in barrels, fudres, or even in bottles. Thus, more than half of the building will be underground and backed up on the hillside, looking for maximum integration into the landscape of Corullón. In addition, the spaces will be distributed in three blocks, connected by an underground corridor and separated surface by courtyards that distinguish an agricultural area, another social area with offices and a final for the manufacture, with a combination of elements of concrete and stone with a roof that will be covered in slate and vegetation.


Work philosophy


The philosophy of work and development at Descendientes de J. Palacios is based on the concept and practice of biodynamic culture


To talk of Descendientes de J. Palacios is to talk about Ricardo Perez and his uncle Álvaro Palacios, both passionate about simplifying the treatment of the vineyards and the wine production process, leading them to become pioneers of Biodynamic viticulture. The winery currently boasts 30 hectares of vineyards spread over 200 different plots, home to old vines and steep soils, which combines the organic with the immaterial in the constant search for the definition and purity of their wines.


Alvaro Palacios was already known throughout the world of wine in Spain, even since he began travelling around Spain selling barrels for wineries. According to Alvaro, after a difficult decision of choosing between Priorat or El Bierzo to develop wines, he had initially chosen to go to Priorat. It was his nephew Ricardo Pérez who then persuaded him to choose El Bierzo. Pérez, son of Palacios’ sister Chelo Palacios, had visited the area and was captivated by the uniqueness of the region, as well as the possibilities of the Mencia grape and the richness and variety of ground to make different wines.


Ricardo Pérez is often seen as the leader of the project, but he has always been and is supported by the help of his uncle Alvaro. The two of them founded Descendientes de J.Palacios as a homage to the father of Álvaro and grandfather of Ricardo, who passed away in 2000. At this time, Alvaro Palacios was already a recognized and respected figure within the world of wine when he arrived in El Biezo. Ricardo, who also goes by the nick name “Titin” also was experienced in the industry, spending time in France, Chile and the United States, as well as having lived since birth in the family winery Herencia Remondo in La Rioja, and visiting a lot of famous French producers along with Alvaro.


Descendientes de J. Palacios wines


Descendientes de J. Palacios wines are wide range of wines that cater for all different tastes and budgets.


Petals Bierzo. First released in 2003, Petals replaced the wineries original Bierzo wine. This is their most produced wine, offering a wine that is easy in every way. This high quality wine is floral and fruity, but with very little treatment in the winery to ensure that the qualities of the grapes from old vines are still present. Petals Bierzo was also named the best Spanish wine for its value for money under Robert Parker, the most prestigious international critic.


Villa de Corullón been made ​​since its inception, and currently is obtained from a selection of strains aged between 60 and 100 years, situated on the slopes of the term of Corullón.She is a balsamic wine with mineral nuances and a great expression of red fruits on a background toasted and spices.


The Lamas comes from three plots that span across 1.26 hectares. The vineyards have very low yields and are between 60 and 100 years old, situated on steep slopes. The wine ferments in oak fudres and ages for 13 months in new French oak barrels. It is a deep wine, mineral, voluptuous, with an elegant density and a silky body.


Moncerbal is made ​​with Mencía grapes taken from three plots situated between 650 and 750 meters above sea level, spanning across a total of 1.74 hectares. The vineyards used are home to 100 year old vines, have very low yields and lie on slate, quartz and marble floors. The wine is then aged on average for 16 months in new French oak barrels. Realiza una crianza media de 16 meses en barricas nuevas de roble francés.This is a well bodied wine, but is also extremely delicate.


The Faraona is its most exclusive wine and name appeals to riojanos origins of its authors, who say that when they met in their village growers to showcase their best wines and came last, best, was called "the Pharaoh".  This special wine comes from a single plot of 0.55 ha, at the top of Corullón at an altitude of 975 meters, in the hamlet El Ferro, on slate floors in very steep slopes, southeast facing, so it only has the sun in the morning.  It is made exclusively from this plot with old vines of Mencia, planted 70 years ago, but the plot also includes clusters of any strain of Great Black, Garnacha Tintorera, Valencia, Jerez or even Godello. It is certainly the most outstanding more different, with an average production does not exceed 1,000 bottles Vineyard winery and its wine. Aged for an average of 20 months in French oak barrels, and wine manages to express the coolest point without lacking depth, with a strong Atlantic character, a wild expression and mineral depth, all with elegance and delicacy with a richness pride gustatory

Featured wines from Descendientes de J. Palacios:

  • Pétalos del Bierzo Magnum 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: Magnum Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    Magnum 1,5l
    • Parker 93
    • Peñin 92
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    Pétalos del Bierzo Magnum 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: Magnum Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    Magnum 1,5l
    • Parker: 93
    • Peñin: 92
    30,10 VAT incl.
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    28,60 €/u
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  • Pétalos del Bierzo 2014

    Red wine Barrel. 10 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Decántalo 93
    • Parker 93
    • Peñin 92
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    13,15 €/u
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    Pétalos del Bierzo 2014

    Red wine Barrel. 10 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Decántalo: 93
    • Parker: 93
    • Peñin: 92
    13,80 VAT incl.
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    13,15 €/u
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  • Las Lamas 2014

    Red wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Decántalo 95
    • Parker 96
    • Peñin 95
    115,00 VAT incl.
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    Las Lamas 2014

    Red wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Decántalo: 95
    • Parker: 96
    • Peñin: 95
    115,00 VAT incl.
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  • Corullón 2014

    Red wine Crianza. 14 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Decántalo 95
    • Peñin 94
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    Corullón 2014

    Red wine Crianza. 14 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Decántalo: 95
    • Peñin: 94
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  • La Faraona 2013

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Parker 98
    980,00 VAT incl.
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    La Faraona 2013

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Descendientes de J. Palacios. Production area: Bierzo. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía.

    • Parker: 98
    980,00 VAT incl.
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