Gregory Perez “Brezo” Godello 2021, DO Bierzo, Spain

Bodegas y Vinedos Mengoba is led by Gregory Perez, a terroir-focused winemaker seen as one of the most forward thinking winemakers in Spain according to his peers. A Bordeaux native, Perez’s career launched with Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, and he also worked at Chateau Cos d’Estournel during and after his studies at the Bordeaux-Blanquefort School of Enology and Viticulture between 1997 and 2000. Perez went to Bierzo in Spain on the advice of his friend where he worked for several years before establishing Mengoba in 2007. He also established a second label, Brezo, for the wines he makes as a negociant, still guided by the same principles of amplifying terroir, biodiversity, and traditional winemaking. Traditional whole berry fermentation. Aged 6 months in stainless steel.