Bodegas Mengoba

French winemaker Gregory Perez was one of those drawn to Bierzo area by the sheer potential of the remarkable terroir as well as the two principal, indigenous grape varieties of Bierzo: Godello and Mencia. Perez used to work in the late 90s for the famous 2nd growth St-Estephe property in Bordeaux, Cos Estournel, and then become very well known for his work at Bodegas Luna Beberide, where he started over a decade ago, before launching his own project, Mengoba with the 2007 vintage. Since then Mengoba - an acronym of "Men" from Mencia, "Go" from Godello and Ba from Valenciana (the local patois for Dona Blanca) - has fast established itself as one of the region's benchmarks.Today, Perez makes around 5000 cases of wonderful, high country-wines from a patchwork of vineyards in the hills of the Alto Bierzo. The vineyard work is absolutely artisanal; the vines are grown according to organic principles and Perez's highest plot remains one of the Spain's few quality producing vineyards still ploughed by cow. As the authors of The Finest Wines of Rioja and North West Spain al) point out; this is a "name to watch."White Bierzo is a rare sight. Mengoba's Brezo, made from Godello and Dona Blanco is mountain-pure; mineral and intensely energetic. The Brezo Red is made made from old, head-pruned Mencia grown on the hillside vineyards of Espanillo, Valtuille, Villafranca de El Bierzo and Carracedo.

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