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SPANISH RENAISSANCE: FRESH AND LOCAL WINES NUDGE ‘SOPHISTICATION’ ASIDE. James Suckling. Friday, October 15, 2021


18 de de 2021



There’s no denying that the main calling card for Spanish wines is their affordability, although more sophisticated elements of the winemaking process itself, such as oak maturation, blending and oxidation, are seeping into the country’s overall wine personality profile and in some cases gaining an upper hand over more intrinsic factors like varietal character and provenance.

But over the last five to 10 years, we have also seen Spanish winemakers craft more balanced, fresh and terroir-transparent wines, with less of a focus on so-called sophistication in the process and more attention paid to local grape varieties. And after tasting nearly 1,500 Spanish wines this year, we see a renaissance happening in the country, with more wineries aiming to fine-tune their style and make more drinkable wines, showing plenty of nuance and less manipulated extraction or obvious new oak cosmetics.

Overall, it’s a better way of bringing authenticity to consumers’ dinner tables, giving them (and us) a chance to appreciate more aesthetically provocative wines. Winemakers are no longer simply producing coconutty, transparently flattering wines and expecting success. In fact, regions like Galicia are going in the opposite direction, breaking out of the hidebound winemaking mode and taking aim at a higher aesthetic: zingy freshness and drinkability.

Using grapes like mencia, albariño, and godello, northwest Atlantic-influenced regions like Galicia are spearheading the Spanish take on oceanic freshness, with pioneering winemakers like the Palacio family, Telmo Rodriguez, Raul Perez and Paul Hobbs, who has partnered with Galician winemaker Antonio Lopez, taking Spain’s dynamic wine scene to the next level.

The old-vine mencia, from the rugged vineyards of Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra, and Valdeorras, is Spain’s tribute to Beaujolais sensibility, with a bit more depth. These are usually crunchy, medium-bodied wines with bright acidity and savory tannins, exuding authentic, fresh, flinty red and blue fruit and a cool herbal note reminiscent of a pure and well-made Loire cabernet franc. The use of indigenous yeast and some whole clusters also capture the fresh and authentic side of mencia, adding a wild yet ethereal, tangy and racy character.

The Palacios consistently make great mencias that we rate very highly. But if you are looking for value from mencia and some field blends, then the Envínate Ribeira Sacra Lousas Viñas de aldea Vinos Atlánticos 2019 and the Losada Vinos de Finca Mencía Bierzo Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2018 are great choices for your shopping cart. The massive success of these revived old mencia vineyards, on their elevated, steep slopes, prove that all the hard work of both Bierzo’s cooperatives and winemakers has paid off.


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Fantastic scores from James Suckling for Losada Vinos de Finca


24 de September de 2021



Altos de Losada Godello Villa de San Lorenzo 2019
Score: 94 Points
Baked apples, jack fruit, lemon rind, smoked almonds and grilled herbs on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied with a phenolic, almost chewy texture. Concentrated, nutty and subtly smoky character. Long. Drink or hold.



Altos de Losada La Bienquerida, vino de paraje Las Chas 2019
Score: 94 Points
A dense and layered mencia with dark fruit, spices and hints of dark chocolate. Medium to full body. Creamy texture. Needs two or three years to open. Try after 2023, but already approachable.


Losada 2019
Score: 92 Points
Sweet berries with some fresh flowers on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, silky tannins and a delicious finish. Lightly citrusy in the aftertaste. Drink now.

Losada Godello 2020
Score: 93 Points
Green apple, lime, pineapple, melon rind and herbs on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fresh acidity and a creamy, succulent palate. Excellent concentration and length. Delicious. Drink now.


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Decanter. Best new Spanish wines: 18 to try. Altos de Losada 2018, 92


14 de September de 2021



Alongside its classic styles, Spain is producing a raft of exciting alternatives, taking advantage of new winemaking techniques while rediscovering native grapes and reinventing traditional styles. Chris Wilson recommends a selection of classic and new-wave bottles from recent tastings.


Altos de Losada 2018, vino de villa de Valtuille de Arriba
The thick-skinned Mencía grape can produce butch, heavy wines but here it’s showcased in all its floral, red-fruited glory. A light-footed approach draws out the strawberry jam and blueberry characters, which are nicely off-set by toasty oak and a smidge of set honey on the finish. Refreshing and approachable.


Drinking Window 2021 - 2028


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Losada Godello 2020 Excellent concentration and length


01 de September de 2021



The american critic James Suckling scores our Losada Godello
beautiful words and tasting.

Green apple, lime, pineapple, melon rind and herbs on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fresh acidity and a creamy, succulent palate. Excellent concentration and length. Delicious. Drink now.



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New vintage of La Bienquerida, a 2019 with great balance and potential


24 de August de 2021



Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2019, wine from "Las Chas" vineyard
Only 2000 bottles of one of the wines with more followers of Losada Vinos de Finca.

Available in 75cl bottle and presented in a box of four wooden bottles and also in magnum. It is waiting for you!


La Bienquerida 2019, "vino de paraje" (lieu-dit)

#98 Guía de la Semana Vitivinícola 

Ripe and balsamic black fruit, plum skin, green and roasted coffee, liquorice root, peat, flower petal, tobacco, lactic notes. Mineral profile (grey), meaty, spicy, pepper and cumin, fragrant and minty liqueur. Tasty and full-bodied, rich fruity acidity, with elegant bitterness. Great balance and potential


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New Spanish wine classifications gain momentum


18 de August de 2021



Even in DO regions which have emerged in more recent times and those with more challenging climates there is enthusiasm for similar schemes. Bierzo, located at the north-western tip of Castile and León and bordering Galicia, is keen to put villages and locations on the map with both the Vinos de Villa and Vinos de Paraje classifications. Indeed giving the nature of this DO which, like Priorat, tends to feature small vineyard holdings and a rich variety of locations, the move arguably makes good sense having put its flagship red grape Mencía on the wine map.


Here Losada Vinos de Finca has played an important role in defining the new style of Bierzo wines with winemaker Amancio Fernández at the helm. Turning to the region’s new classifications, the bodega is now backing both horses with one Vino de Paraje – Altos de Losada La Bienquerida - and two Vino de Villa wines – Villa de San Lorenzo and Villa de Valtuille de Arriba - already in the market. Fernández is keen to point out that gaining the official classifications are far more relevant for marketing the wines as he explains: “We were already working along these lines in the bodega – our winemaking hasn’t changed – the classifications are geared to help the consumer to discover the diversity on offer.”


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Guía de Vino 2021 Semana Vitivinícola has awarded great scores to Losada Vinos de Finca


13 de July de 2021



Altos de Losada Godello, Villa de San Lorenzo 2019
98



Perfumed and deep. Ripe white fruit (apple), apple peel. Elegant mineral traces, grey stone and chalk. Collection of peppers, dried herbs and flowers. Creamy lees and elegantly smoky undertones. Great presence on the palate, with elegance, lemony herbs and a unctuous mouthfeel. Fantastic structure and great ageing potential.

El Cepón 2019
98

Elegant and concentrated. Sweet, ripe wild black berries, bitu men, wax, undergrowth and peat. Fine balsamic notes, clear mineral profile (grey), complex and spicy, with lactic hints at the end of the nose. Fleshy palate, with floral and citrus peel notes. Great structure, rich acidity and silky tannins. Racial, saline, long and with a lot of potential.

La Bienquerida 2019, vino de paraje
98

Ripe and balsamic black fruit, plum skin, green and roasted coffee, liquorice root, peat, flower petal, tobacco, lactic notes. Mineral profile (grey), meaty, spicy, pepper and cumin, fragrant and minty liqueur. Tasty and full-bodied, rich fruity acidity, with elegant bitterness. Great balance and potential.


Losada Godello 2020
96


Ripe white fruit and citrus, lime peel, cut grass and hay. Mineral and saline profile, collection of peppers, ginger, herbal infusion, smoky ash undertones. Full-bodied and flavoursome on the palate. Frank, vertical and citric, with great structure and feel. Very long, with potential

Losada 2019
94


Perfumed. Sweet black fruit, honeycomb wax and plum skin. Red mineral undertone (clay), elegant peppers and fresh balsa mic notes, flower and peat. Elegant palate, measured acidity, savoury toasted notes, smoke, silky tannins. Long and well balanced. iw bris fiunt end

Altos de Losada 2019, villa de Valtuille de Arriba
95


Black fruit, plums and blackberries, floral notes, waxy notes from the crianza. Sweet and spicy woods, liquorice, leather, coconut water and a slightly lactic undertone. Grey mineral impression. Frank and tasty palate, with a very good acid structure and cre amy tannins. Good fruit content, very long.


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Our most enjoyable summery mencía: El Pájaro Rojo


09 de July de 2021



Our favorite summer wine

El Pájaro Rojo 
A fresh and fruity mencía from old vines between 30 and 40 years old, selected from the coolest areas.
It is a youthful, fresh, fruity wine that shows the variety and the terroir in its maximum essence and is aged in wood for 4 months. It is a young red wine with delicate notes of violets and red fruits, rich, unctuous and velvety in the mouth. It is the perfect accompaniment to pasta, rice dishes, pizzas, barbecues and cold meats.


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Altos de Losada El Cepón, among the 100 best wines of the Norwegian monopoly.


09 de July de 2021



The Norwegian magazine Vinpuls, selects Altos de Losada "El Cepón" among the 100 best rated new wines launched in the Monopoly,

Altos de Losada El Cepón 2017
Rødvin
Spania Castilla y León Bierzo
Bestilling - nr. 12777801
Kr. 394,90, 0 - 12 år
Mørk, tett, intens og elegant vin på mencia-druen, med imponerende fruktighet. Dype mørke bæraromaer mot bjørnebær, solbær og sorte kirsebær. Pepper, vanilje, sedertre, røyk, mineraler og noe balsamisk. Modne tanniner, superlang. Kun 3200 flasker tappet.
Produsent: Losada Vinos de Finca


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Recipes to accompany Losada Godello, a gastronomic white wine to devour the summer.


09 de July de 2021



El Español proposes some recipes to pair with our Losada Godello 2020. It is good on its own, but it is impressive with food


"Made with Godello grapes from Bierzo, this Losada Godello white wine from Losada Vinos de Finca is the perfect choice to match summer recipes, whatever your plan is."
These are the suggestions to be paired with Losada Godello 2020, healthy, fresh and easy to make

Seafood pasta salad
Golden sardine tacos
Mussels in marinara sauce
Salmorejo of cherry tomatoes
Cherry gazpacho
Baked mackerel with lemon



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