Gregory Perez Brezo Blanco 2018

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Tasting Notes

Quite aromatic with floral notes, quince, citrus, and lanolin. On the palate this is round yet refreshing with notes of yellow apple, lemon, minerals, and a hint of ginger. It has quite a long finish.



Grégory Pérez is a Bordeaux native who worked at classified growths Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Chateaux Cos d’Estournel during and after his studies at the Bordeaux-Blanquefort School of Enology and Viticulture (1997-2000).  A friend suggested he go to northwest Spain, where exciting explorations of native grapes and sites were taking place.  He worked in Bierzo for several years before establishing Mengoba in 2007.  He works only with native varieties and native yeasts.  He focuses on expressing terroir, biodiversity, and traditional non-interventionist winemaking.  His own vineyards are on steep slopes at the head of the Cúa River at 600-850 meters on clay and decomposed slate soils.  He plows, digs, and aerates the soil to enhance its health.  He uses only strictly limited amounts of organic fertilizers and no herbicides or pesticides.  All vineyard work is manual.  His second label, Brezo, is used for nègociant wines; he sources fruit that is grown the same way as his own.

The grapes for the Brezo Blanco come from several plots in the towns of Valtuille, Villafranca, Carracedo and Espanillo. Valtuille and Villafranca have more clay in the soil while Carracedo’s soils are stony and those in Espanillo are slate.

Grapes are hand-harvested, whole-cluster fermented and aged in stainless steel for 6 months before bottling.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Cream Sauce Pasta, Fish (white), Fondue, Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Lobster & Crab, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Roasted Root Vegetables, Shellfish, Sushi, Tapas, Vegetables

Spain , Bierzo
Grape Varietal:
80% Godello, 20% Dona Blanca
$16.50 each