Raul Perez

Raul Perez Ultreia La Claudina Godello Bierzo Spain 2021


Producer, Raul Perez

Region, Spain\Bierzo\

Alcohol, 13.0

Varieties, White

Closure, Cork

Character, Tropical and Balanced

Food pairing, Chicken and Turkey


  • Godello

Raul Perez Ultreia La Claudina Godello Bierzo Spain 2021

Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

Raul Pérez thinks 2018 is the best year he has seen in his 25 years of making wines in Bierzo, calling it the year of Balance. The whites are superb, even the 2018 Ultreia La Claudina, where there's always a little more ripeness from the sandy soil. They have used only barrels, and in 2018 40% of the oak was new, but in the future there will be a 1,000-liter oak foudre for this. The élevage is longer—17 to 18 months—and the wine develops more. The barrels are never topped up, so it's a little more oxidative. And in this vintage, there is some creaminess (perhaps the high percentage of new oak), with a showier profile, peachy juiciness, more volume and a spicy twist a little à la Jura, but more Meursault than Puligny. It's more expressive, rounder and juicier, less radical than some of the earlier years, spicy and with notes of fennel. 1,400 bottles were filled in late August/early September. - Reviewed by: Luis Gutiérrez