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Ultreia Saint Jacques 2021

Ultreia Saint Jacques

The best introduction to Bierzo


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production110,000 bottles

The wine

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.

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Sausages and ham
Red meat
Stews and casseroles

Veal carpaccio / Oven-cooked pork / Cured sausages

Ratings and awards

202293 PK
202193 PK
202093-94 PK
201994 PK92 PN
201893+ PK16 JR91 PN
201793 PK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker

Mulberry and chocolate-malty nose. Sour cherries with spice, leather and cinnamon on the palate. Black-rocks-dripping-cold-rain freshness, ferns, charred elderberries. A brave, throaty wine that begs for long, long, long, slow, slow, slow-cooked Massaman ox-cheek stew. GV - Good value.

— Tamlyn Currin (12/12/2020) Vintage 2018 - 16 JANCIS ROBINSON

The biggest volume of the winery is the 2021 Ultreia Saint Jacques, which represents some 170,000 bottles, and according to Raúl Pérez, it's the most difficult wine to make here. They now work a lot to produce this wine, a blend of 11 wines selected from the 17 they made. It's a wine that represents Bierzo and is from a year when they used more grapes from sandy soils. It has 13.16% alcohol and a pH of 3.66; it's serious and restrained but juicy and easy to drink. Seventy percent of the wine matured in barrel and the rest in troncoconic oak vats.

— Luis Gutiérrez (10/08/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2021 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

255 reviews


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 materialWood / Cement
Ageing periodBetween 10 and 12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak
Clarification and filtrationBottled 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 ageBetween 30 and 130 years
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence
OrientationEast and south
Surface area2.00 hectares