Hold on to your hats – this is an exciting, idiosyncratic and rare red wine from one of Spain's most exciting new innovative regions – Bierzo.
Grégory Pérez runs Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba, crafting terroir-driven wines from heritage sites across Spain. He is a Bordeaux native and cut his teeth at big Chàteaux –
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Château Cos d’Estournel – and his winemaking prowess is on full display across the spectrum.
His "Estaladiña" is 100% Trousseau Gris, a rare French grape that, to be honest, I have never encountered in Spain before. It's a gray-skinned version of Trousseau yet makes a wine with a gorgeous ruby core, with aromas of cranberry, fresh-cut flowers, raspberry, pink peppercorns, toasted anise, roobois tea, and a leathery savory edge.
With bite, body, and juicy fresh tannins this is a solid medium-bodied red reminiscent of a fine Burgundy (it sits at a defiant 13.5% abv!) and is a perfect showcase of the bold new face of natural Spanish reds. If you're looking for a thought-provoking, never-before-seen aromatic Spanish red with distinction and balance, look no further than Pérez's Estaladiña!