Ultreia Saint Jacques2019
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£14.30/ 0.75 L btl
Ultreia Saint Jacques is one of the best wines of the Bierzo and the whole of Spain. For a very small outlay, it allows us to get to know the work of a master craftsman like Raúl Pérez, to discover the fruitiness and freshness of the Mencía variety and come right to the heart of a denomination which time will place among the greatest, a position it truly merits. It’s also the most affordable wine in the Ultreia range, created to be drunk simply and best round a table in company, with a slight sweetness which makes it all the more attractive and easy to drink. A wine to uncork, share and enjoy. How much pleasure and expertise can be found in one and the same glass!
What does this wine taste like?
Bottled unclarified and unfiltered, Ultreia Saint Jacques delights with a clear floral feeling from the start. Notes of violets and fresh mineral aromas amaze the nose, while a clear hint of chalk and a perfectly integrated and refreshing acidity treat the mouth to a seductive sensation. Spices, orange peel, and wild strawberry tarts abound in a full, rounded and delicious gift to the palate. With a little time in the glass, aromas rarely enjoyed in this price range appear – coffee, sarsaparilla, rose petals and ripe redcurrants. A mouth decorated with well-polished tannins and the wonderful freshness typical of wines from the north of Spain.
|Raspberry / Violets|
|Red fruit / Mineral / Voluminous / Medium-bodied|
Drinking and storing
This is a lovely wine which can be drunk as soon as released, with no need for decanting. Open it a short while beforehand or simply let it aerate in the glass itself so that it can express all its aromatic exuberance. It’s a very well-crafted wine, from the grapes of savvy old vines, a quality product, which can also be laid down for between 5-7 years.
Veal carpaccio / Oven-cooked pork / Cured sausages
Ratings and awards
|2019||94 PK||92 PN|
|2018||93+ PK||16 JR||91 PN|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker
Good introduction to Raul Pérez
Excellent price quality, best drunk in a Zalto Bourgogne glass - you will be amazed by the finesse and nuances for this price. In a Bordeaux type glass will taste fuller bodied & juicier. A must try to drink now up to end of 2019. Non finished bottles can be kept to next day by putting cork back on and putting in fridge - take next day out of fridge, open and give time to breath and warm up to 16° - we did several times and never quality loss and sometimes even better.
A very good wine! Good intensity of flavours, great balance and a good length.
A medium to deep intensity ruby colour. On the primary aromas, fruity and aromatic with pronounced red fruit aromas (cherry, raspberry). On the secondary aromas, very elegant hints of smoke and spices. On the palate, medium body and very well balanced (medium acidity and medium/high soft tannins) with sour cherry, pomegranate and peppery flavours, A regular in my shopping cart.
Great value; easy drinking
Fans of such popular Vinissimus wines as Semele and Casa Castillo might like to add this red from Bierzo to their tasting list. It's made from the Mencia grape and is similarly quaffable and excellently priced. It's fairly light in the mouth initially but with enough body and length to partner red meat dishes well.
Wonderful balance of fruit and acidity!
This wine is wonderful, lighter than some of the Mencias with really good balance between fhe fruit and acidity and lots of depth in the aftertaste. So good I ordered another case at the discounted price. A real bargain!
Smooth a tasty
We've only had one bottle so far, but we were both impressed. Easy drinking that went with pre dinner nibbles as well as it did with a meaty pasta dish. Have ordered again
Raúl Pérez produces all his wines with whole bunches, using grapes that haven’t been destemmed, seeking to reduce the alcoholic strength and obtain fresher, more refined wines, and with tannins that are perhaps a little bit rougher but less aggressive. This makes the wine particularly pleasant, easy to drink.
|Vinification material||Wood / Cement|
|Ageing period||Between 10 and 12 months|
|Type of wood||French oak|
|Clarification and filtration||Bottled unfined and unfiltered|
Villegas is one of the vineyards most highly regarded by Raúl Pérez. The vineyard is over 130 years old, covering an area of 2 ha, located at an altitude of 600 m, facing east and south, in the vicinity of Valtuille de Abajo, where the actual winery is situated. The soils here are sandy, whereas the most common types found locally are of clay. The vines are predominantly of the Mencía variety, with some Garnacha Tintorera and Bastardo too.
|Vine age||Between 30 and 130 years|
|Climate||Continental with Atlantic influence|
|Orientation||East and south|
|Surface area||2.00 hectares|