Dominio do Bibei is one of hidden gem from Spain yet to be known. It is located in Galicia, precisely in the D.O Ribeira Sacra. This unknown region like the Priorat is very steep, the soils are of various nature.
Dominio do Bibei is a unique project nestled in high altitude vineyard, the vines are planted on terrasses. The wine-making is supervised by Sara Perez and René Barbier the gifted couple from the Priorat.
The Project started in 2001 acquiring vineyards and renting a space in the village of Langullo.
2002 was the first vintage produced of Lalama, Lacima and Lapena. Lapola saw its birth only by the vintage 2004.
In 2005 the winery was finally ready. A special construction, built in a mind to integrate it as much as possible in the nature, distributing the cellar following the high gradient of the slopes, burying part of it to work by gravity and lessen the use of energy.
Although the production is still very limited especially on the top cuvees that are on allocations. Dominio do Bibei today accounts 32 ha planted around a total superficies of 150 ha.
This year 2010 was the first entry in the famous
Robert Parker Wine advocate 2010
by Jay Miller and the results were very positive:
Dominio do Bibei
95 points The 2007 Lacima offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with a bit more of everything. It is beautifully fragrant, elegant, and concentrated. Hard to resist now, it is sure to evolve and reward those with patience.
Tradition and respect for the past is what Dominio do Bibei, under the leadership of Javier Dominguez, seems to be all about. There is no stainless steel here, with cement and various sizes of wood utilized to contain the wine. There are approximately 100 acres of vines under cultivation, both red and white.
94 points The 2006 Lacima is 100% Mencia fermented in 500-liter barrels and aged on the lees for 20 months. Purple-colored, it proffers a brooding bouquet of cedar, pencil lead, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry. Dense, structured, and already multifaceted, this powerful Mencia will continue to evolve for several more years and drink well through 2021.
93 points The 2007 Lapola exhibits a bit more austerity and higher acidity. It, too, has superb concentration, intense flavors, a vibrant personality, and a lengthy finish. Both wines should drink well for another 4-5 years, perhaps longer.
93 points The 2006 Lalama, the product of an unusually hot and dry year, is 85% Mencia, 7% Garnacha, and the balance Brancellao and Mouraton fermented in 500-liter barrels and aged on the lees for 21 months. It offers up smoke, lavender, mineral, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a round, complex, smooth, and elegant wine with splendid balance and a lengthy, pure finish.
94 points The 2007 Lalama offers a similar aromatic profile but on the palate is richer and more layered while cannily combining elegance and power. Its finish is long and velvety.
93 points The 2007 Lapena is also light gold colored but much more mineral dominated. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, and floral aromas lead to a ripe, concentrated, intense offering with a lengthy, pristine finish. For those seeking alternatives to Chardonnay that will work well at the dinner table, this is the place to look.
Range: 4 wines, 2 reds and 2 whites
LAPOLA 2007 white:
Grape varieties: Godello
LAPENA 2006 white:
Grape varieties: Godello old vines
LALAMA 2006 red:
Grape varieties:Mencia, Brencellao, Garnacha
LACIMA 2006 red:
Grape variety:Mencia old vines