Red Wine Pétalos del Bierzo 2021

Red wine from El Bierzo. Blend of Mencía and a small percentage of native red and white grapes aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.

Crianza. 9 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 13.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Bierzo
P 93/93+ ñ 92 91 92

Availability: In stock

Product Description

The reputation of Pétalos del Bierzo wine has not ceased to grow with each released vintage. 

In fact, this Spanish red wine put the Mencía variety on the map, thanks to the work of Álvaro Palacios and his nephew Ricardo Pérez Palacios at the head of the Descendientes de J. Palacios winery.

The 2021 vintage of this Crianza red wine from El Bierzo is a blend of 94% Mencía, coming from grapevines from 50 to 110 years old planted in steep slopes with slate soils, with a 3% combination of different white varieties (Valenciana, Jerez, Malvasía) and red varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Gran Negro, Pan y Carne, Negreda).

Carefully selected and destemmed, the grapes were fermented and macerated in open wooden vats and stainless steel tanks for 31 days, after which it went through malolactic fermentation, a process which lasted 2 months. After that, the wine was aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.

Finally, the red wine Pétalos del Bierzo 2021 was gently filtered prior to its bottling.

Aerate this red wine from El Bierzo 30 minutes before drinking.

Pair with cold cuts, or a good risotto.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Pétalos del Bierzo is medium purple with bright violet edges.


Delicate, highly suggestive floral character, carrying notes of violets and dry roses along with hints of black fruit, some touches of liquor, smoke and roasted coffee. This Mencía also insinuates some notes of wet undergrowth over a dim mineral background.


Again, the Mencía variety shows that Pinot Noir-like quality that has seduced winelovers all over the world. Fresh and smooth, with a medium body and a velvety, lush texture. Notions of ripe black fruit, floral sensations, a note of game and venison and some fresh mineral undertones. Tannins are soft and well integrated. This wine from Descendientes de J. Palacios has a good acidity and a medium finish with some smoky and mineral remembrances.

Our personal opinion

Superbly crafted, gentle and nuanced, Pétalos del Bierzo 2021 encapsulates the very best qualities of El Bierzo.


Pétalos del Bierzo 2020:

Enterwine 91. Decanter WWA 2022 - 86 points & Bronze Medal. J. Suckling 92.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2019:

Enterwine 91. Parker 93/93+. Guía Peñín 92. Decanter WWA 2021 - 93 points & Silver Medal. J. Suckling 93.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2018:

Enterwine 92. Parker 93/93+.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2017:

Enterwine 92. R. Parker 93. J. Suckling 93. Peñín 92.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2016:

Enterwine 92. Parker 92+. Peñín 93.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2015:

Enterwine 92. Parker 92. Peñín 93. Chosen "Spain's Absolute Best Value"

Pétalos del Bierzo 2014:

Parker 93. Peñín 92.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2013:

Peñín 92.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2012:

Parker 93. Peñín 93.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2011:

Parker 92.

Year 2021
Type Red
D.O. Bierzo
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 30 minutes before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 9
Parker's Score 93/93+
Peñin Score 92
Enterwine's Score 91
Media rating 92
Name of Award Bacchus Awards 2023: Gold Bacchus.
Percentage of variety Mencía 94%, Other red varieties 3%, Other white varieties 3%.
Pairings Cold meats, Cooked foods, Eggs, Full salads, Goat cheese, Grilled lamb, Risotto, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Sautéed vegitables, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Steak Tartare, White meat with gravy
Taste Light, easy to drink, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes
Occasion Because you can, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues
2 Reviews
One of my all-time favourite Spanish reds. I love Mencía!!
Review by (Posted on 11 April 2018)
Good mencia
If I'm correct, this was the wine that put Mencía on the wine radar. It has Burgundian style, though it is more earthy. Medium body, juicy, very fresh. Wonderful flavours and aromas. Unbeatable with meat dishes.
Review by (Posted on 4 November 2017)
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