2015 Galia Villages
Jérôme Bougnaud is quickly becoming the great local expert in Ribera del Duero; even such luminaries as Peter Sisseck have asked for his advice and consultancy for the making of Pingus! It’s fair to say that few people, if anyone, knows more about this remarkable and complex area which is turning out some truly spectacular wines.
Back in 2005 Jérôme came across an amazing parcel of old, ungrafted vines at 980 metres altitude, with gravelly-sandy soils over limestone above the village of Piquera de San Esteban - just outside the Ribera del Duero DO borders. Jérôme used the fruit from this extraordinary plot to form the backbone of a new wine – Galia – although in total, 40 individual tiny parcels are used for the final blend. Every plot is farmed biodynamically and vinified separately with a varying proportion of whole-bunch fermentation. Ageing takes place in a variety of vessels for 20 months. The final wine is proof that Jérôme truly is an expert when it comes to Ribera del Duero terroirs.
“This is one of the most exciting new projects in the Duero zone”Luis Gutierrez
The outcome is a hugely impressive wine of great density, truly vibrant freshness and harmony. Every vintage since their debut in 2009 has sold out in a heartbeat so we are delighted to have been able to secure a parcel of their new 2015. On the new vintage, renamed Galia Villages (there are new iterations coming under the Galia name) Luis Gutierrez says it is ‘one of the most elegant wines produced from the Ribera del Duero’ adding‘I was really blown away by this’!
With 95pts for under GBP30 a bottle, we couldn’t start the year with a better bargain…
- Sold Out!
Tasting Notes and Scores
The regular Galia has been renamed and is now the 2015 Villages since there are two more reds in the portfolio this year. It's a blend of grapes from different soils in all the villages they work (Piquera de San Esteban, Fuentelcesped, Hontangas, Cuevas de Provanco and Trigueros del Valle), trying to represent the Duero Valley as a whole. It has an intoxicating, perfumed and really attractive nose full of flowers, wild herbs and spices. The palate is medium-bodied and has the elegance and poise the nose was pointing out, with ultra refined tannins, great balance and freshness. It has to be one of the most elegant wines produced from the Ribera del Duero zone, and it doesn't show any of the heat from the warm and dry 2015 vintage. They included the white grapes from their vineyards in Piquera, Fuentelcesped and Trigueros, so the estimated breakdown of the blend is 88% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 2% Albillo—and 100% produced in their own, brand new winery. All this must have contributed to a more relaxed wine, with perfectly integrated oak and a sense of harmony and elegance despite the 15% alcohol and relatively high pH (3.8). It fermented with indigenous yeasts, with some full clusters and aged in oak barrels and vats of different sizes for some 20 months. 14,559 bottles and 196 magnums were filled in June 2017. I was really blown away by this. - Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com