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Raul Perez Ultreia La Claudina Godello, Bierzo, Spain 2018

Regular price $ 59.80

"Raul Perez thinks 2018 is the best year he has seen in his 25 years of making wines in Bierzo, calling it the year of Balance. The whites are superb, even the 2018 Ultreia La Claudina, where there's always a little more ripeness from the sandy soil. They have used only barrels, and in 2018 40 of the oak was new, but in the future there will be a 1,000-liter oak foudre for this. The levage is longer17 to 18 monthsand the wine develops more. The barrels are never topped up, so it's a little more oxidative. And in this vintage, there is some creaminess (perhaps the high percentage of new oak), with a showier profile, peachy juiciness, more volume and a spicy twist a little la Jura, but more Meursault than Puligny. It's more expressive, rounder and juicier, less radical than some of the earlier years, spicy and with notes of fennel. 1,400 bottles were filled in late August/early September"

95 Pts Robert Parker