Region: Bierzo, Spain
Grapes: 85% Mencia, 12% Alicante Bouschet, 3% other varietals
Winemaking: Manual harvesting. Grapes were gently stepped on, leaving around 25% of whole grapes during fermentation. The wine is fermented naturally in 1000L containers and macerated for 60 days. Manual sinking of the cap daily. 12 months French oak aging in 600L barrels. No filtration or temperature control.
Annual Production: 744 Bottles
Sufreiral is a distinctive small plot in the region with limestone soil, which is rare in El Bierzo. It is a very desired area due to its orientation and the soil composition. It is the most sought after wine of the range because of the distinctiveness as well as the very limited production.
Exotic nose of smoke, stem, rose petal, spices and dried flowers with a soft touch of earthiness. Balanced and complex. Medium plus body with firm and ripe tannin with a nice acidity. Very good intensity of blue to dark cherry profile, with floral and dried herbs. Clean and precise structure with a long mineral finish.
César Márquez Bodegas y Viñedos is César Márquez Pérez's own project range. If you are Bierzo's wine enthusiast, you must heard of the Pérez family, from the family's estate Castro Ventosa to Ultreia, by his uncle Raúl Pérez, the Wizard of Mencia. After working with his uncle for years, César started his own project in 2015, in searching for his own path on the burgundy-inspired terrior driven style, presented with a twist by the Mencia grape.
The project ranges from regional wine, village wine to several unique single vineyard sites. All of the grapes are sourced from more than 100 years old vines. Wines are vinified naturally with no temperature control and filtration. For the white, the grapes are destemmed and fermented in 500L French oak barrels without batonage; for the reds, grapes are fermented in open containers with certain percentage of whole bunches, some of the cuvees are macerated for up to 60 days, depending on the soil composition. The resulting wines are refined and elegant with a reflection to it's terroir.