Bierzo has adopted a new quality-based classification system for its wines, similar to the Burgundian structure of regional, village, and single-vineyard wines. In the Vino de Villa classification system, 100% of the grapes must come from vineyards within the village of Valtuille, and yields are more than 20% below the limit for D.O. Bierzo. This estate's flagship wine is sourced from 88-108 year old low-yielding vines in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, that sit over mixed alluvial and clay soils. The grapes are also co-fermented and comprised of 85% Mencía with the remaining 15% a blend of Doña Blanca, Palomino, and Godello. Spontaneous 65% whole cluster fermentation in foudre without temperature control, aged for 11 months in both old and new French oak of 300L and 500L barrels.
While this is a highly aromatic wine, the fruity red notes are now competing with earthy tones of wet rocks, green peppercorns, maitake mushrooms and hints of dried herbs. The palate is lush, silky and concentrated with a chalky tannic bite that finishes savory and peppery with exit notes of damp leaves and hints of cinder.