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Single bottle of White wine Castro Ventosa, Valtuille Godello, Bierzo, 2020 100% Godello

Castro Ventosa
Valtuille Godello

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The producer

Castro Ventosa is a family founded and owned wine estate, in the hands of the Perez family since 1752. Today the family owns 72 hectares of Mencia vineyards and are thus the biggest landowner of this grape variety within Bierzo DO. Current generation is the Spanish winemaking legend Raul Perez, who along with being involved with the family vineyard also runs his own company, Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Peres.

The winery – the name of which translates ‘the windy castle’ – is situated in the village of Valtuille de Abajo. The flagship wine Valtuille is made from five parcels of pre-phylloxera vines which grow on the only sandy soil found in Bierzo. Two excellent wines are produced, a red (Mencia) and a white (Godello).

The wine

Godello fruit for the white Valtuille is grown in three vineyard plots, in the cooler zone around the villages of Villefranca del Bierzo and Valtuille, at 580 meters altitude and in sandy soils. Allowed to cold macerate for 24 hours before fermentation, the wine then ferments in 700-l new and used oak barrels and is finally left to mature on its lees in oak barrels for around a year. A textural wine with tropical fruit ripeness, spice and oak creaminess and finishing on a vibrant and tense acidity. Only 5,000 bottles are produced each year.

Type: White
Vintage: 2020
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Sub region: Bierzo
Grape: 100% Godello
Style: Tropical and Balanced
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13.5%
Drinking window: 2023 - 2027
Size: 750ml
Food match: Chicken and Turkey

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future. 

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