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La Clave

La Clave
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La Clave
Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels used.
Variety: Garnacha Tintorera,  Mencía
Designation of Origin: D.O. Bierzo
Production area: Castilla y León
Winery: Raúl Pérez
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

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Characteristics of La Clave

La Clave is a red wine produced by the winery Raúl Pérez Bodega y Viñedos in the D.O. Bierzo.

 

Raúl Pérez Bodega y Viñedos is a personal project of the renowned oenologist from León, Raúl Pérez. Since he worked in the winery Castro Ventosa, he caused a true revolution in El Bierzo.

After more than 10 years, Raúl Pérez Bodegas y Viñedos has managed to produce the wines he wished for; they are genuine references in the D.O. Bierzo. Wines with personality, carefully produced and of great quality.

 

La Clave is a wine made from Mencía and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) from the area of Ponferrada. Harvest is carried out by hand and grapes are destemmed before they are fermented in stainless steel deposits. This wine is aged for 12 months in used French oak barrels.

 

La Clave is an intense, ample and fresh wine. It stands out for its ripe red fruits and flowery aromas, elegantly combined with mineral, toasted and slightly balsamic notes. 

Serve at 16ºC
Contains sulphites
Pairing
Cold meat, Roasts

Tasting notes La Clave

A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental.  The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area.  The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather.  What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine.    The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
The 2015 vintage was characterised by low rainfall. The lack of water throughout the year brought the vegetative cycle of the vine forward and it was not until days before the harvest that it started to rain considerably. This caused the grape to hydrate and lead to a somewhat fresher vintage than what it initially seemed. The continental character that this vintage looked like it was going to have was mitigated by the rain before the harvest, balancing the phenolic ripeness, qualifying the vintage as excellent. The wines of this vintage have an excellent balance between structure, acidity and texture in the mouth. A vintage that can age perfectly.
The 2014 vintage was characterised by a marked Atlantic climate. The rains and the cold in autumn prevailed, leading to a somewhat warmer than usual winter. Spring started mildly, with a two-week delay in budding and the rains were sporadic, with a total water accumulation of 1,000 mm that gives the vintage its Atlantic character. In July and August, temperatures rose and rainfall was scarce, leaving the grapes to ripen in an excellent way and giving the vintage a little more structure. At the end of August, they suffered high temperatures, and in September, the traditional rains made the harvest quite difficult. The wines of this vintage are characterised by their great complexity. A wine with an Atlantic and fresh character and a structure provided by the warmer end of cycle. Wines with a long life ahead.
The 2013 vintage was characterised by the influence of the Atlantic climate. Autumn and winter were the typical ones of El Bierzo, with abundant rainfall and low temperatures. Spring came in the same way, with some hail that destroyed crops in some places and lead to the delay in flowering. Summer did not make much of an appearance either, with low temperatures, ripening and the growth cycle were quite slow. The harvest date was delayed by 3 weeks.The wines of this vintage are characterised by a thin profile. The Atlantic climate left its mark on these lighter wines with a marked acidity. Ready to be stored.

Ratings

  • Decántalo 91
  • Decántalo 91

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Bierzo

2017 Very good
2016 Excellent
2015 Excellent
2014 Excellent
2013 Very good
2012 Excellent
2011 Very good
2010 Very good
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Excellent
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Very good
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
2000 Very good
1999 Good
1998 Good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Good
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Designation of Origin D.O. Bierzo

Winery Raúl Pérez

Bierzo wine is on the rise. It is a region defined by its small scale work, with plots scattered around, very old vines, artisan work of the small scale wineries, and the character of their principal variety, the Mencía grape, which produces fresh, fruity and delicious wines. Although the region is well known mostly for its red wines, it also produces white and rosé wines. If the red wines here are defined by the Mencía variety, then the white wines here are defined by the Godello. Godello grape has great aromatic potential, as well as an excellent balance between alcohol and acidity.  Despite the great potential of El Bierzo, its rise in the wine world would not have been possible without two people: Raúl Pérez and Ricardo Pérez. Two great winemakers who in little time have been able to produce critically acclaimed wines from the Bierzo region.

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