Cada año el Bierzo supone un nuevo reto. Esta añada 2019, catalogada como excelente, estuvo marcada por una climatología cambiante en todo momento, como si de una constante primavera se tratase. Fruto de tres microparcelas vendimiadas y de producción verdaderamete contenida, poniendo en el mercado apenas 350 botellas.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The 2019 Fontelas was produced with grapes from three small plots in the zone of Fontelas in the San Martín paraje (or lieu-dit) in the village of Corullón. It's 0.3 hectares of steep slopes planted with vines ranging from 60 to 90 years of age that are farmed traditionally following biodynamic principles. Yields were 10.2 hectoliters per hectare (this comes from the higher-altitude part where the soils are very poor), and there are around 7,000 vines per hectare. As with most of the wines, the partly destemmed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and matured in barrels and foudres, in this case for eight months. This feels a little riper, very juicy and very intense, a little more in the style from a few years ago, with more (natural) concentration; at the same time, the slow ripening provided for full development of aromas, and it has the grainy tannins that seem to be common to the wines from this vintage. This is slightly more open and faintly oxidative in character. Only 350 bottles, 21 magnums and four double magnums produced.