La Salvacion Godello, Cesar Marquez, Bierzo, Spain 2016

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La Salvacion Godello, Cesar Marquez, Bierzo, Spain 2016


“This is truly outstanding.” - The Wine Advocate

This is one of our favourite whites, a Godello aged partly under flor (the protective veil that you find in fino sherry and some Jura whites) but the effect is extremely light, so it merely adds another layer of complexity to the many layers already on show. It’s an edgy wine, in the sense that it has the racy acidity typical of ‘green Spain’, but it’s also cutting-edgy too (a skin contact component, a flor component and a slow fermentation component), made by the great Raul Perez’s nephew, Cesar Marquez. It’s a wine with real finesse, a ‘vertical’ wine as sommeliers are wont to say, with a slightly flinty sense of cool and and terrific poise. It peels back different layers as it sits in the glass. Beautiful stuff!

Press review:

The Wine Advocate:
"There is one white wine, produced with the fruit of individual plants mixed with the red varieties in two old vineyards, that he has called 2015 La Salvación. The destemmed grapes underwent a 24-hour cold soak, pressed and the juice left to settle for one more day. The wine was then put in barrel for fermentation (very slow in one case) and one-year ageing, when one of the barrels developed some flor. I was blown away by the finesse and Burgundian character of the wine, one of the finest whites I remember from Bierzo, and it made me think of the As Sortes from Rafael Palacios in Valdeorras. The palate is terribly balanced and tasty, long, with pungent flavors and a beautiful, almost salty finish. This is truly outstanding. Only 650 bottles were filled in November 2016." 93 points

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): “Blazing purity on the nose and palate. Apples and pears and rosemary in crystal-cut definition, slightly salty, luminous and full of life. Liquid pearl... Drink 2018-2024” 17 points


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