Dominion de Queirón, Mi Lugar 2017

Deep garnet with jewel-like brilliance

Rich and powerful with firm tannins but with a smooth velvety feel. Wonderful intensity of fruit flavours and a long sleek finish. Absolutely delicious

Vibrant ripe berries wrapped in vanilla and cedar. Lovely depth on the nose, already suggesting a complex fine wine

About the Producer

 One of the new Rioja classifications: a 'Vino de Pueblo', which can only be produced from family-owned vineyards within a named village

The town of Quel sits in the Cidacos river valley, between the Sierra Yerga and Sierra la Hez mountain ranges, at the heart of Rioja Oriental. Here in the Barrio de Bodegas wineries have existed since the 18th century, with ancient winemaking caves at the base of the sheer sandstone cliffs, where grapes were gravity-fed from the vineyards above.

This has been the home of the Pérez Cuevas family (who established and own Bodegas Ontañón) for generations, and the new Queirón winery is the fulfilment of Gabriel’s dream. It has been built around an existing cave, and the 4-level design replicates (in a very modern way) the traditional gravity-flow system that allows a gentle approach to the handling of the grapes at each step.

 

They have more than thirty separate vineyard parcels located in and around Quel. These range from the ancient Garnacha vineyard of ‘El Arca’ (planted in 1892) to the Tempranillo vineyard ‘La Pasada’ - planted at some of the highest elevation vineyards in the entire Rioja DOCa.

Established at the start of the new Rioja classification system allowing wines to be labelled according to their origin, their portfolio highlights the winery's heritage, and family’s long relationship, with the town of Quel.

  • Grapes

    Tempranillo 90%

    Garnacha 10%

     

    Tempranillo Wine Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero has Tempranillo at its core, and in Portugal the variety is widely used in the Douro Valley – under the name Tinta Roriz – both for table wines and fortified wines (Port).

     

    TTempranillo means "little early one", a name given to it by Spanish growers who observed its habit of ripening earlier than Garnacha, it is a thick-skinned red grape with a high anthocyanin count that makes for deep-colored wines with moderate tannins. 

    Grenache (Garnacha) is a red-wine grape grown extensively in France, Spain, Australia and the United States.

    In Spain, Garnacha is the second most-planted red-wine grape variety after Tempranillo.

  • Region

    Quel, Rioja Oriental, Spain

     

    The oldest part of the village, where Queiron is located, is composed of ancient winemaking caves, dating back to the 18th century. 

    The town of Quel hugs the Cidacos river, which flows from the rocky cliffs of the Isasa volcano above through a succession of mountainous slopes and terraces that gradually open up to the greater Ebro river valley below.

     

    It is in this valley, just at the base of the Sierra Cantabria mountains, where the winds from the Mediterranean sea meet those of the Atlantic, and together créate an extremely unique and special climate in which vineyards are cultivated and thereafter wine is produced.

  • Viticulture

    Sustainable farming

     

    Mi Lugar is a cuvée of grapes selected from several « vaso » or « gobelet » trained located in the village of Quel, under prevailing conditions.

    All of them are small parcels situated at altitudes higher than 600 metres above sea level, without artificial irrigation and low yield.

     

    El Poeta: Garnacha, gobelet training system, 640 metres above sea level.

    La Perdida: Tempranillo, gobelet training system, 620 metres above sea level.


    La Bartola: Tempranilla and Garnacha, 620 metres above sea level.


    Hoyo Judío: Several parcels of Tempranillo, 670 metres above sea level.


    Other vineyards. Owned by winegrowers from Quel, with vines over 40 years old.

  • Vinification

    • The grapes went through 3 different levels of selection : the first selection taking place in the vineyard, followed by a triaging of healthy bunches at the winery and finally a berry selection after destemming the bunches.

    • There was a pre-fermentation maceration period that lasted 5 days. It was followed by a a very long fermentation period of more than 18 days under controlled temperatures between 22-26 Celsius.

    • Production. Natural gravity process.

    • 18 months in new barrels (first use), 80% French oak and 20% American oak with varying levels of toast. 6 months in high quality French oak “tinas” of 18.000 L. Subsequently it was bottled and stored in our family “calado” or “underground cellar” at a controlled temperature and humidity.

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2017

    Alcohol: 14.5%

    Name of Producer:

    Dominio de Queirón

    Name of Wine:

     Mi Lugar

     

    Winemaker:

    Rubén Pérez Cuevas

    Origin: 

    Quel, Rioja Oriental, Spain

     

    Vino de pueblo=

    =Wine from a town

    2017 Harvest is officially rated as "Very Good"  by the Control Board of the D.O.Ca. Rioja

    Organic farming, not yet certified

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