Descendientes de J. Palacios

Country: Spain - Bierzo

Region: Bierzo

During the late 1980's, Alvaro Palacios travelled his native Spain selling French barriques to winemakers. But his journeys had a second purpose: to find the best place to achieve his goal of making Spain's greatest wine. He ultimately decided, in 1990, on Priorato, where he would achieve worldwide fame with "L'Ermita" and "Finca Dofi." But there had been a close contender: Bierzo. It had all the ingredients that Alvaro wanted - incredibly steep hillside vineyards, distinctive terroirs and, most importantly, ancient vineyards of Mencia - a unique red grape believed brought by French pilgrims during the Middle Ages.

In Pursuit of the Dream. The idea of making great wine from old-vine Mencía never left Alvaro, and his experience in Priorato - particularly with L'Ermita - convinced him of Bierzo's enormous potential. Meanwhile, his nephew Ricardo Perez had finished enological studies in Bordeaux and was travelling across France - absorbing everything he could about great wines. He worked the harvest at Château Margaux, and did internships at other Bordelais firms like Moueix (Pétrus, Trotanoy, etc.). He also visited Alvaro frequently and came to share a belief in Bierzo's potential. In 1998, the two decided on a joint venture and set out in search of the region's finest old vineyards.


Descendientes de J. Palacios Collection

Pétalos del Bierzo Price € 18.30


Petalos del Bierzo is assembled from old hillside and hilltop vines across from Bierzo's western edge. The wine is vinified for immediate appeal, but it retains the estate's signature finesse and restraint.

Sensory features: Expressive flavours of black cherry, currant, licorice, mineral and smoke mingle in this focused red. The texture is gentle but firm, with well-integrated tannins and racy acidity providing structure. A compact wine that shows good intensity. 

Best served with full-flavoured pasta dishes, charcuterie, hard cheeses and game.

Grape variety: 100% Mencia

Alcohol content: 13.5%

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Las Lamas Price € 90.00


Sensory featuresLiquorous deep cherry and bramble rose nose with big soft red fruit-floral set, husky dark spice and pruny concentrated depth. Dense and savoury, the gently liquorous fruit works slowly through the mouth thanks to the typical solid tannin of Lamas, and which engenders a great sense of the earth all through the wine. Voluminous without heft.

Techical Notes

Las Lamas is a red wine  produced by Descendientes de J. Palacios in the D.O Bierzo in the village of Villafranca del Bierzo, León. The winery was founded by Álvaro Palacios and his nephew Ricardo back in 1999, who fell for and saw the potential in the region and the local Mencía grape variety.

Las Lamas comes from 3 plots, between 60 and 100 years, situated on the same estate. The vines grow on steep slopes and on slate soils, cultivated following the principles of Biodynamic agriculture.

The winemaking process is carried out in large wooden vats, without large extractions and treading the grapes with a press, allowing them to ferment with native yeasts. The wine is then decanted into French oak barrels, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and is then aged.

Las Lamas is a wine that interprets the landscape from where it comes, a wine which finds the perfect balance between concentration and finesse, between the minerality, grape and ageing.

Bottle size: 750ml



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