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Characteristics of Luna Beberide Mencía
Luna Beberide is a red wine from the D.O Bierzo produced by the Luna Beberide winery. Like many of the wines from this region, this is a single variety wine made with the Mencía grape.
The climate in El Bierzo is ideal for the cultivation of vines, with mild temperatures, temperate and with a constant humidity that is ideal for a good maturation of the grape. The climate is not too dissimilar to that of Galicia, with with prominent rainfall, but also rather dry, more similar to that the Castilian regions.
The grapes for Luna Beberide grow on calcareous-clay soils on slopes situated at altitudes between 600 and 750 metres, with a south facing orientation. They are located close to the towns of Villafrance del Bierzo and Cacabelos. The harvest of the fruit is usually carried out later, allowing the fruit to achieve their optimum point of maturation towards the end of September. After the harvest has been carried out, the bunches for Luna Beberide ferment in stainless steel tanks. This wine is then bottled without being aged.
Luna Beberide produced their first wine back in 1996. Since then, their products have been characterized for their simplicity and quality. Regarding the environment, on the other hand presents spectacular landscapes, it is another of the elements that characterize the winery.
Serve at 15ºC
Cow cheese, Aperitif, Roasts, White meat, Cold meat
Extreme weather included low rainfall and summer drought with high temperatures resulting in an unusually early harvest. The most important weather events occurred on April 28th with a late frost that destroyed the crops of El Bierzo valley, and also the hailstorm that fell days later on May 9th, which destroyed part of the vineyards on the slopes of Corullón. The harvest was brought forward to unusual dates due to the high temperatures. Some winegrowers started to pick grapes the last days of August.The wines of this vintage have a good balance between structure and acidity. The fast ripening of the grape caused a small decrease in acidity that makes the wines accessible from the first vintage.
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.
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.
Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide are the surnames of Alejandro and Merche, the results of the initiative that their parents had more than thirty years ago in El Bierzo. The choose to use the local varieties Godello and Mencía from vineyards facing south, on the hillsides of the valley of El Bierzo. They are located at a moderate altitude, on clayey soils that mark the fruitiness of the Mencía, while the clayey-calcareous soils provide complexity. At 800 metres, the slate gives heterogeneity and minerality to these wines that are fresh and elegant. But it is also an experimental winery, where they work will all kinds of white and red foreign varieties to study their behaviour in the climate and on the different soils of El Bierzo.