importer Michael Skurnik--
Dominio do Bibei is the domaine of reference in the lesser-known Quiroga-Bibei subzone of Galicia’s Ribeira Sacra.
Proprietor Javier Domínguez and team are sparing no pains in making their best wines ever from back-breakingly beautiful terraced vineyards at up to 500-600 meters above sea level.
Plantings are mostly to Mencía but other indigenous varieties like Mouratón and Brancellao are cultivated assiduously, vinified separately, and prized for their character in blends. The whites, produced from the higest plots, are also revelatory.
The winery is one of silence, beauty, and a distinct lack of technology– this is a gentle transformation from grapes to wine, entirely by gravity in descending levels of neutral wooden vessels.
75% Mencía, 20% Brancellao, 3% Mouratón and 2% Sousón from older vines (60 to 110 years). Destemmed. Fermented in open-top 500L oak casks with punching down. Moved by gravity to used barriques for malo and aging for about 17 months with a further 5 months in tronconic vats. 15 further months’ aging in bottle before release.
* Size: 750
* Vintage: 2015
* Producer: Dominio do Bibei
* Region: Galicia
* Subregion: Ribeira Sacra
* Variety: 75% Mencía, 20% Brancellao, 3% Mouratón and 2% Sousón
* Farming: Organic
* The labels organic, biodynamic, sustainable,
natural and traditional that are listed here, are based
on our best understanding of the producers' farming practices
and do not represent or claim to be a certification of any kind.