Dominio do Bibei, Lapola White Ribeira Sacra, 2019
Region: Ribeira Sacra, Galicia, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 80% Godello, 8% Albariño, 8% Dona Blanca, 4% Treixadura
WA: 93 points
Notes: Vegetarian, Practising Biodynamic, Practising Organic, Vegan
The nose is complex with vibrant aromas of citrus, wild herbs and a distinct minerality. The palate is deep and precise, with excellent acidity and creaminess from the lees contact. It will continue to develop over the next few years.
Since his first vintage in 2001, Javier Dominguez’s Dominio do Bibei has been widely acknowledged as the driving force behind the emergence of quality wines in Spain’s historic Ribeira Sacra. There are far easier places to make wine than in Ribeira Sacra. But Javier Dominguez, along with his consultant winemakers, Priorat’s Sara Pérez and René Barbier, are united in a common belief in this spectacular landscape, its ancient character and, most of all, its capacity to produce Spain’s most distinctive wines.
Vines are grown at varying altitudes from 400 - 750 metres on sandy and clay soils, flecked with shale. The vines are aged between 14 and 100 years old. The region’s Atlantic climate, with an average annual rainfall of 700mm, mostly concentrated in the winter and spring months, helps retain freshness and acidity in the fruit.