Red Wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2021

Crianza red wine from El Bierzo. Blend of old-vines Mencía, Alicante Bouschet, Bastardo and other native varieties aged for 12 months in oak barrels.
Crianza. 12 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 12.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Bierzo
Wineries: Castro Ventosa
P 97 ñ 94 96 95

Availability: In stock

Regular Price: €39.60

Special Price €35.60

Product Description

The winery that put the DO El Bierzo name on the map, Bodegas Castro Ventosa is the producer of the wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias, formerly known as Valtuille Cepas Viejas.

This single vineyard Spanish red wine is made basically from Mencía, with a touch of Alicante Bouschet (aka Garnacha Tintorera) and a droplet of Bastardo (aka Merenzao and Trousseau) and other red varieties. Grown in sandy-clay soils, most of the vines are over 50 years old.

The grapes were hand harvested, 30% destemmed and meticulously vinified in French oak vats by the one and only Raúl Pérez. After macerating for a long time, they were aged for 12 months in 225 and 500-litre French oak barrels.

Bottled unfiltered, the wine Valtuille Cepas Viejas 2021 was aged for around 12 months in the cellar prior to its commercial release. It was bottled in June 2023.

Decant this red wine from El Bierzo 1 hour before drinking.

If properly stored, this Crianza red wine will improve considerably over the next years.

4,100 bottles produced.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias is medium purple with a crimson rim.


Strikingly pure and very seductive, this blend of Mencía, Alicante Bouschet, Bastardo and other red varieties suggests wild berries, violets, liquorice, undergrowth and game. There is a mineral background, and also hints of blood orange, meat, some metallic-ferrous nuances. Impressive complexity.


Intense and elegantly austere, this red wine from bodega Castro Ventosa is wonderfully textured. Loads of wild 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.

Our personal opinion

An awe-inspiring, world-class red, the wine Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2021 is like a Grand Cru Burgundy, but with an earthier twist.


Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2020:

Enterwine 94. Parker 97. Peñín 94.

Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2019:

Enterwine 94. Parker 98.

Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2018:

Varietal Mencía. Enterwine 94. Parker 97/97+.

Valtuille Cepas Centenarias 2016:

Enterwine 94.

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 2021
Type Red
D.O. Bierzo
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 15-17ºC
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 12
Parker's Score 97
Peñin Score 94
Enterwine's Score 96
Media rating 95
Percentage of variety Mencía, Alicante Bouschet, Bastardo, otras variedades.
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
3 Reviews
Simply world-class!!
Review by (Posted on 15 March 2019)
raul perez
The wines of Mr. Raul Perez are among the best. This has a Pinot Noir finesse and real complexity.
Review by (Posted on 8 June 2018)
Edgy, both elusive and amazingly precise, with a hair-raising depth and an immense potential.
Review by (Posted on 26 January 2018)
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