La Tellería Mencía 2018



La Tellería is a hillside vineyard plot of 85 year old Mencía vines, near the town of Valtuille de Abajo on the Bierzo leg of the Camino de Santiago.

The wine is made with really very little intervention, malolactic fermentation in stainless steels vats followed by 4-5 months in a 10,000 litre oak foudre, so what comes out of the bottle is down to those old vines and the clayey soils their roots penetrate deep into.

This is quite sublime. Rich garnet red in colour with intense aromas of hedgerow fruit, dark berries and dried fruit, smoky notes tangling with toasted nuts, wild fennel and hints of balsamic. It’s the minerality on the palate is most impressive, a glossy, silky texture aided by chalky tannins ensuring all those flavours stay in the mouth, intense and subtle, changing and evolving as the wine airs.

This will go well with a range of roasted and grilled meats, charcuterie and hard cheeses, but its match made in heaven is roast spring lamb with goose-fat potatoes and lashings of home-made mint sauce. Dribble.

  • Rich, silky, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14%% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2024

Producer: Vinos Valtuille

After a few decades working their land and vines for other producers, Dimas and Isabel García decided at the end of the 1990s it was time to build their own winery, for the future of their family and their vineyards. It's a decision we're extremely grateful for — this is a small farm, just 15 hectares of Mencía vines up to a century old, that we get to enjoy as single estate wines.

Two of the couple's four children, Marcos and Elena, run operations today; Marcos in the vineyard and cellar, Elena the driving force behind the family's growing success domestically and internationally, with glowing reviews from the likes of Luis Gutiérrez and James Suckling.

92 Points
James Suckling (2020)


  • James Suckling

    Another rich, flavorful Mencia with blue-fruit, slate and raw-meat undertones. Medium to full
    body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. 92 points.

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