Red Wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2016

Red wine from El Bierzo made from old-vines Mencía and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels.
Crianza. 11 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Bierzo
Mono-variety: Mencía
Wineries: Castro Ventosa
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Availability: In stock

Product Description

Arguably the most prestigious winery in the DO El Bierzo, Bodegas Castro Ventosa is the producer of Valtuille Cepas Centenarias, formerly known as Valtuille Cepas Viejas.

This remarkable Spanish red wine is made from the oldest, best Mencía vines selected among the 60 hectares of vineyards owned by the winery.

The vines grow in sandy-limestone soils, and 80% of them are over 50 years old.

Harvested by hand and traditionally vinified, this wine crafted by the great Raúl Pérez -chosen "Best Winemaker in the World" in 2015, incidentally, by the prestigious French guide Bettane + Desseauve- was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels.

Bottled unfiltered, it was aged for a further months in the cellar prior to its commercial release.

In 2016, the always scarce production of this red wine from El Bierzo was below average.

Decant Valtuille Cepas Viejas 2016 at least 1 hour before drinking.

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The Spanish red wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias has an intense, bright, high cherry-coloured robe with a crimson rim.


Strikingly pure and very seductive, this red wine from the Castro Ventosa winery begins suggesting some mineral notions, alongside aromas of red and black fruit, suggestions of violets, liquorice, undergrowth and balsam. The plot thickens with some remembrances of blood orange, meat and something that we can only define as some metallic-ferrous nuances. This Bierzo red wine by Raúl Pérez has an astoundingly original and rich nose.


Intense, and palate-coationg, this old-vines Mencía is both wonderfully textured and easily drinkable. Loads of red berries, deep mineral undertones that convey a real sense of place, a panoply of aromatic herbs and balsamic notions and some flowery overtones. Bold tannins, superb acidity and extremely long, complex finish. Like a great Burgundy, but with an earthier twist.

Our personal opinion

Without a doubt, Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2016 is one of the best Mencía wines produced in El Bierzo, unquestionably one of Spain's most interesting wine regions.


Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2015:

Enterwine 94. Parker 96+.

Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2014:

Enterwine 95. Parker 96.

Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2013:

Enterwine 93. Parker 93. Peñín 93.

Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2012:

Parker 92. Peñín 93. Enterwine 93.

Valtuille Cepas Viejas 2010:

Parker 94.

Year 2016
Type Red
D.O. Bierzo
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 11
Enterwine's Score 94
Media rating 94
Mono-Varietal Mencía
Pairings Birds, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews
Taste Fine bubbles and Fresh, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
Customer Reviews (3)
Simply world-class!! Review by Thanks, Raul!! (Posted on 15/03/2019)
raul perez
The wines of Mr. Raul Perez are among the best. This has a Pinot Noir finesse and real complexity. Review by Darren Jones (Posted on 08/06/2018)
Edgy, both elusive and amazingly precise, with a hair-raising depth and an immense potential. Review by Marquee moon (Posted on 26/01/2018)
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