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Pago de Valdoneje Mencía 2021

Pago de Valdoneje Mencía

A quintessential Mencía


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Pago de Valdoneje Mencía is a complete, fresh and enveloping Mencia with an impressive varietal character. Marcos García still follows the advice his grandfather Antonio gave him for creating great wines. His unoaked single-varietal Pago de Valdoneje Mencía is no exception and, as with his other wines, Marcos has achieved a wonderfully expressive nose and a rounded and flavoursome mouth. A wine that gains more and more praise and fans year after year, sure to delight at an unbeatable price. 


What does this wine taste like?

In the glass, Pago de Valdoneje Mencía displays a magnificent and intense red colour with purple glints. Fresh in the nose, it delights with aromas of wild fruit such as blackberries and raspberries as well as the usual smoky notes from the soils of Bierzo. After standing for a moment in the glass, refreshing herbal aromas appear, reminiscent of mint and liquorice. Juicy and well-structured in the mouth, it shows incredible depth for such a young wine and tantalizing fruit is always present. Despite its youth, it has very fine tannins which ensure the sweet primary flavours do not take over the wine.

Cherry red / Intense / Violet glints
Fresh / Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Blackberries / Berries / Toasty notes / Smoke / Liquorice / Balsamic notes / Menthol aromas
Structured / Profound / deep / Pleasant finish / Fruit-forward / Persistent / Balanced / Fine tannins

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Starters and suppers
Sausages and ham
Poultry and white meats

Roast turbot / Sardines / Iberian pork secreto

Ratings and awards

202092 PK92 SK
201992 PK
201892 SK
201791+ PK90 PN90 SK
201691 PK90 PN
201591 PK15.5 JR
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson, Parker, and Suckling

Tasted blind. Youthful, simple and vivid with a very refreshing mouthfeel. A pleasant and easy-drinking wine. Uncomplicated and quite a bargain. This is a producer to follow.

— Ferran Centelles (10/04/2017) Vintage 2015 - 15.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

The fruit-driven, juicy and fresh 2020 Pago de Valdoneje combines ripeness and full development of aromas and flavors with great freshness, coming through as one of the finest unoaked wines from Bierzo and one of the best values too—ideal to serve by the glass and to go with food and tapas. It was produced with grapes from different plots, which give good tools to achieve very good balance. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 92 PARKER

Lots of crushed black pepper and cloves with berries and other spices. Medium body with plenty of fruit and a juicy finish. Slightly chewy. Drink now.

— James Suckling (14/10/2021) Vintage 2020 - 92 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

88 reviews


Vinification materialStainless steel


Vine age85 years
SoilClay / Sand
YieldsLow yields

The winery

Vinos Valtuille

Vinos Valtuille

Vinos Valtuille is a small, familiar-run winery, with Marcos García Alba one of the new-wave wine-produers and bodega owners in Bierzo, that took on the challenge of creating quality wines at the beginning of 2000, making an important investment in installations, facilities and plenty of technical resources. Marcos launched onto the market under the brand name of Pago de Valdoneje, giving rise to a young, single varietal Mencía wine that has been growing in reputation out there...