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Pago de Valdoneje Mencía 2022

Pago de Valdoneje Mencía

2022
A quintessential Mencía
92
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£14.45

/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
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.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Cherry red / Intense / Violet glints
Bouquet
Fresh / Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Blackberries / Berries / Toasty notes / Smoke / Liquorice / Balsamic notes / Menthol aromas
Mouth
Structured / Profound / deep / Pleasant finish / Fruit-forward / Persistent / Balanced / Fine tannins

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

entrantes
Starters and suppers
embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
pescados
Fish
aves-y-carnes-blancas
Poultry and white meats

Roast turbot / Sardines / Iberian pork secreto

Ratings and awards

202292 PK
202092 PK92 SK
201992 PK
201892 SK
201791+ PK90 PN90 SK
201691 PK90 PN
PK: ParkerPN: 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)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2015 - 15.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

The benchmark for young unoaked Mencía from the valley, the 2022 Pago de Valdoneje is fruit-driven and juicy, with notes of licorice and wild berries and herbs. It has 13.5% alcohol and a silky palate with very fine tannins and clean flavors. 85,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2023.

— Luis Gutiérrez (10/08/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2022 - 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)JamesSuckling.com Vintage 2020 - 92 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

4.1/5
95 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

Vinification materialStainless steel

Vineyards

Vine age85 years
SoilClay / Sand
YieldsLow yields

The winery

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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...

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