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. In the late 1990s, Javier Dominguez family bought land in the Bibei valley, Ribeira’s most easterly sub-region, and today they own a 140 hectare estate, of which 45 hectares are planted with vines. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to revive the region and its indigenous vines, undertaking what is known locally as ‘heroic viticulture’. 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.
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 three years.
The 'Lalume' has aromas of white stone fruit, floral notes and a touch of aromatic herbs. On the palate, it is precisely textured with good acidity and a long finish.
Vibrant, spicy and purple with herbaceous notes and a juicy, palate marked by granitic soil and piquantly spiced. The red fruit takes the upper hand on the strikingly energetic finish. Flavours of highly perfumed fruit and an incredible bouquet of herbs and balsams.
Beautifully shiny in the glass, this wine is a medium ruby colour, almost light purple at the edges. On the nose, this wine has floral notes of rose petals and fresh fruits such as strawberries. There is also a hint of spice, with mineral, stony elements. This wine is medium-bodied and savoury, displaying a juicy mouthfeel and a lively acidity that leaves flavours lingering on the palate. The tannins are powerful and grippy but very, very fine. A really creamy oak character comes through on the finish.