Brezo Blanco - Gregory Perez 2016

75cl Bodegas Mengoba Godello/Doña Blanca Spain > Bierzo Fruit driven, smooth and dry
Brezo by Gregory Perez is comprised of 80% Godello and 20% Doña Blanca, from multiple plots of 30-80 year old vines, grown on sandy loam and clay soils, at 550 meters elevation, located in the areas of Cacabelos and Valtuille. It is fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel vat and raised on the lees with weekly battonage for 5 months. This is a fresh, mineral, and elegant wine with notes of citrus, lanolin, and white pepper, a delicious wine to pair with fresh seafood, cheese, roast chicken, and jamón.

 Gregory Perez is one of the most talented growers in the Bierzo region. A native of Bordeaux, Gregory came to Bierzo in the early 2000’s where he worked extensively until he created his own project in 2007. He farms 5 hectares. His goal is to express the Bierzo region as vividly as possible through working with only native grapes and utilising natural winemaking methods such as fermenting all of his wines with wild yeasts and working with very little sulphur during the winemaking process. The results are wines that show an uncommon sense of purity and elegance not often associated with this region. Brezo is the label he created for his work as a negociant.

“…….but the wines that really stopped me in my tracks at the tasting were from Spain. Bodegas Mengoba are made by a Frenchman Gregory Pérez in Bierzo, right up on the border of Galicia in northwest Spain. The Brezo Blanco is wonderfully pure and textured; the red equivalent, made from Méncia, is light, fragrant and plummy. Both offer amazing value for money…….” JOHN WILSON, IRISH TIMES DEC 2015

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