This rare white wine is made from 100-year-old Godello, planted in a tiny 1-hectare plot in the loft hills of Bierzo. The name reflects César’s desire to recover these forgotten grapes planted amongst Mencia vines, and give them 'salvation' in the modern day. This is something very special. A beautifully balanced wine with expressive flavours and a salty finish thanks to a short period ageing under flor.
The spectacular white Godello 2021 La Salvación was produced with grapes from a one-hectare centenary plot in Arganza, the northernmost and cooler village in Bierzo, a plot that was regrafted from Mencía some 17 years ago. The destemmed grapes were pressed in a pneumatic press, and the juice fermented in 500-liter oak barrels after setting for 24 hours. It matured in those barrels for one year, with the lees but without bâtonnage. It has 12.56% alcohol and very good freshness and acidity, consistent with a cold year, with an expressive nose of dry flowers and pollen, aromatic and showy, open and clean, very precise and pure. It has less alcohol than the previous year, with a super fresh palate.
César Márquez has deep roots in the Bierzo region. His introduction to winemaking was in his family winery Castro Ventosa, and he spent time in Mendoza. Now for his own project, he is exploring the possibilities of a Burgundy-inspired classification system in Bierzo. He works a number of parcels of old bush vines around Valtuille de Abajo.
His winemaking is low-touch, aiming to express the origin of the grapes over the process. The results are stunning for such a young project, his fresh, expressive Mencías and a characterful Godellos are catching the eye of wine writers and critics - snap some up while you can!