Ribeira Sacra is a remote, Atlantic influenced region in Galicia with precipitous, terraced vineyards reminiscent of the Douro or Priorat. This is extreme terroir country and Dominio do Bibei has set out to try and capture its unique character using the local and indigenous varieties that include Mencia, Garnacha, Brancellao and Mouraton for the reds and Godello, Albariño, Treixadura and Doña Blanca for the whites. This is a bold, inspiring project and reclaiming and rebuilding the mostly abandoned, ancient terraces is a major undertaking, however what Dominio do Bibei has achieved so far has more than justified the effort and expense. On our visit it was very clear that there is so much more potential to unlock and rediscover in these vineyards and the future holds much excitement. No stainless steel is used here, the whites being fermented and aged in French demi-muids for 15 months with a proportion being aged in concrete Nomblot eggs, whilst the reds are aged on fine lees in barrique and foudre for 18 months and released to drink after 2-3 years. Lapola is a single vineyard white wine made in very limited quantities and has freshness, depth of flavour and complexity. Lalama, at 12.5% alcohol, is tautly structured with pure raspberry fruit, floral notes, intense minerality and fine tannins. These are exceptional wines and certainly at the forefront of the renaissance of one of Spain’s most intriguing D.O’s.
- 2009 Lalama
We also have a limited supply of Lapena, Lacima, B+ and M+. Please get in touch for details.