Parajes is a beautiful, Mencia dominant, regional blend full of pure fruit and minerality. Bottles like this typify all that's good with Spanish wine at the moment. Quality and interest have never been higher, and the prices are dreamy. Fans of well put together, medium bodied reds should be flocking to this.
A wonderfully aromatic and mineral driven red from one of the most impressive young Spanish winemakers. Elegant, balanced and with great nerve. This is drinking wonderfully right now and will mature nicely over the coming years.
Wine: CÉSAR MÁRQUEZ Parajes de Bierzo 2018
Producer: Cesar Marquez
Region/Country: Bierzo, Spain
Grape/s: Mencia, Alicante Bouchet
Production Method: Organic farming. Wild fermentation in older oak fermenters before maturation in old oak barrels.
Style: Really aromatic and pure fruited with lovely balance of fruit weight and freshness.
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled meats, game, poultry, cheeses
César Marquez Perez
It's fair to say he was born into a pretty decent wine family. The name Perez has been synonymous with Spanish winemaking for 300 odd years. They founded the Castro Ventosa winery back in 1752, and still own it today. Their access to prime sites throughout Bierzo is unprecedented. Cesar learnt from his uncle Raul (one of the most influential Spanish vignerons, ever), before striking out with his own label in 2015. He's structuring his wines with a nod to Burgundy, as are most of the inspired younger producers at the moment. Appellation wine, village wine, cru wine... Organic farming, a mixture of whole bunch and de-stemmed fruit where necessary, reductive winemaking and low SO2.