2020 Margón Leon "Primeur"

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Bodegas Margón started in 2006, from a project that Eugenio González and Raúl Pérez had been brewing for a decade. The friends met in Pajares de los Oteros (León) in the mid-1990s, where they began experimenting with two varieties: albarin (a local white grape not related to albariño) and prieto picudo. Known in Portugal as alfrocheiro and as baboso negro in the Canary Islands, prieto picudo grows in tight bunches with pine nut shaped berries and blue-black skin. Between 2006 and 2007, the Margón team was able to purchase 75 small rustic plots, totaling 19 hectares of vineyards with most of the vines over 100 years of age. Vineyard and winemaking practices emphasize biodynamic methods, native yeast fermentation, and no to low sulfur additions. The “Primeur” is fermented with native yeasts in large old wood vats, remaining on the skins for about 2 months before pressing and aged for 24 months in 500L French oak barrels before bottling. A combination of lush dark fruit and spice with prieto picudo’s signature acidic backbone make for a fresh energetic red with great depth. Pair with some grilled vegetables and chorizo or a tin of grilled octopus from Güeyu Mar

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