We are particularly excited to have the Raul Perez wines back on our list – as they have a rockstar following across the wine world. Their priority is to exert the minimum influence on their grapes, thus achieving non-standardised wines. On the nose, notes of violet and fresh aromas of noticeable minerality arise with delicate nuances of cocoa and coffee. An exuberant wine, with lots of volume, it is perfectly balanced and exceptionally more-ish!
Winemaker Raúl Pérez is highly revered by the new generation of Spanish producers. He is a major influence in Bierzo, his native region, and in Galicia, where he has set new quality standards in Rías Baixas and Ribeira Sacra. This wine comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – and is fabulous value coming in at under £15.
Wine Advocate – 93 points
“The truly impressive 2018 Ultreia Saint Jacques transcends its price category. They destemmed more grapes because they fermented it in the oak vats they bought from Vega Sicilia to use in the new winery, where it macerated for two months and then matured in used barrels for nine to 10 months. The secret is to use very good grapes from very good vineyards. The wine is clean, precise and fresh, and the oak is super-subtle, almost unnoticeable. The palate reflects a fluid wine of pleasure, a red of thirst. This is the wine where they have invested more, and 2018 has to be the finest vintage to date. They did 150,000 bottles of this in the outstanding 2018 vintage. It was bottled in October/November 2019.”
Food matches: Lovely with red meat, spicy dishes and strong cheeses.
Serves at: 17-18°C