Mencia de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Mencía

“Increasingly popular red grape variety mainly found in the Northwest of the Iberian peninsula and capable of producing from fruity and aromatic  young wines to more complex, concentrated aged ones”.

Mencía is one of the trendiest red grape varieties of Spain. It is mainly found in the northwestern part of the country: in the autonomous region of Castilla y León, specifically in the Bierzo D.O. (its region per excellence), and in the Galician appellations of Valdeorras, Ribeira Sacra, Ribeiro and Monterrei.

The red wines made from this grape variety show an attractive mix of black and red fruits, followed by floral hints and spices. Moreover, Mencía wines offer elegance, complexity and the best elaborated ones could age beautifully.

Why we like Mencía?

We like Mencía because of its capability of producing different styles of wines, from the fresher and lighter examples, to the more concentrated, complex and long lasting ones. We also love this grape because it typifies, with its magnificent potential, the red wines from this north western part of Spain.

Mencía is also a versatile grape variety, and, roughly speaking, two main styles can be found. On the one hand, the Galician versions are generally lighter in colour, displaying primary aromas of fresh fruits mixed with a delicate floral character. They are also lighter in body, refreshing and easy-to-drink. On the other hand, Mencía vines from the D.O. Bierzo are generally planted on poorer and well-drained soils composed of clay, slate, granite and schist. This appellation is also known for having some of the oldest vineyards of Mencía in Spain, normally on hillsides, producing more concentrated fruit from low yielding vines. The wines produced in this area have a intense Ruby colour and they reveal notes of mature red/black fruits mingled with spices from the oak and appealing hints of game and Indian ink. These offer complexity, finesse and concentration.

As a side note, the Mencía vines in the D.O. Ribeira Sacra are planted in steep slopes, sometimes with inclinations up to 80%, along river Sil, a tributary of the Miño (Minho in Portugal). These wines combine the elegance of the Mencía from Bierzo and the freshness of those of Monterrei; they are really worth trying!

Youd love Mencía if you like…

…wines that show notes of red fruits such as cranberries and raspberries, black fruits including blackberries, plums and bramble. During their youth, these aromas are sometimes combined with touches of violet flowers. The wines that receive any form of oak treatment display additional notes of vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, cloves, smoke, walnuts, chocolate. With aging, these wines also show hints of game, forest floor, tobacco and tea leaves.

Also the fresher styles of Mencía resemble to the lighter and refreshing types of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. On the other hand, the richer and more concentrated styles share some similarities with some Cabernet Franc from right bank of Bordeaux.

Wines with this Grape Variety

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Luna Beberide Finca La Cuesta Bierzo 2011

Luna Beberide Finca La Cuesta 2013 Bierzo

Region Bierzo

Producer Luna Beberide

Variety Mencía

Type Red

£12.29

inc VAT
Regoa Ribeira Sacra de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Régoa 2012 Ribeira Sacra

Region Ribeira Sacra

Producer Régoa

Variety Mencía,
Albarello,
Caiño,
Sousón

Type Red

£12.99

inc VAT
Luna Beberide Paixar Bierzo de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Luna Beberide Paixar 2011 Bierzo

Region Bierzo

Producer Luna Beberide

Variety Mencía

Type Red

£23.49

inc VAT
Luna Beberide Mencia 2015 Bierzo

Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo 2015

Region Bierzo

Producer Luna Beberide

Variety Mencía

Type Red

£8.99

inc VAT