Casa Lebai Matadiablos

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Ribera del Duero D.O.
100% Tinto Fino, 26 years old vines
826 meters / loam - clay soils
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested in 16 Kg boxes
Fermented in small stainless steel tanks
Aged for 12 months in 3,000 L French oak Foudres
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Casa Lebai Matadiablos 2019
95 (WRO) 95 (TA) 94 (OB) 92 (VfC) 92 (RP)
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95 Wine Review Online This wine by Rodrigo and Asier Calvo (with consultation from Isaac Fernández) is something of a project-within-a-project of the family’s outstanding winery, Bodegas Arrocal, made within the Arrocal facility along with a very promising white made from the local Albillo Mayor. My recollection from a site visit in March of 2022 is that the entire production issues from a single 3,000-liter French oak Foudre. When I tasted it recently alongside an extremely expensive wine of a roughly similar type (also made entirely from Tempranillo or — as it is called locally — Tinto Fino), this initially showed a distracting herbal or dry straw note in aromatic terms, but that diminished with airing, and was entirely absent when I re-tasted the wine 24 hours later. That’s is a non-issue in retrospect, as this is a very high-quality wine that merits cellaring even though it doesn’t need more time to be enjoyed (but give it a vigorous decanting if you choose to dig in early on). The bouquet is delicate but still intricate, with faint floral and spice notes atop a core of beautifully pure fruit that seems mostly red in tone but with some black accents as well. These notes echo in the wine’s flavors, with darker fruit tones coming to the fore before a persistent and impressively symmetrical finish, with very fine tannins providing just a tug of textural grip to firm up the fruit’s sweetness, which is also enlivened with well-integrated acidity. Once fully aerated, this proved to be a very stylish and beautiful wine, one that was clearly not crafted to chase “powerhouse” counterparts from the region based on dense fruit and intense oak, but rather with a view to purity and poise. The price is more than fair in view of the quality here.
Michael Franz – September 12, 2023
95 Tim Atkin MW A great name - devil killer - and an equally impressive wine, this medium-bodied Tinto Fino comes from an 82-year-old parcel of the same name in Gumiel de Mercado. You can taste the cooler climate of the higher part of Burgos in the grapes here, with very nuanced oak from ageing in foudres, smooth, granular tannins, lots of zip and acidity and crunchy red cherry and bramble fruit. 2024-30 .
Tim Atkins. Published 2022
94 2019 Casa Labai Matadiablos- This 2019 Ribera del Duero was sourced from 26 year old vines set on loamy clay soils and was then stored for 12 months in large French oak barrels prior to bottling. Very dark in the glass, the 2019 Casa Labai shows off loads of dark fruits on the nose with espresso bean, black forest cake and suggestions of cardamom spice. The palate is plush and smooth throughout the drinking experience, with no rough edges. Finishing long, this round and generous wine is already taking beautiful shape at the four year mark. Drink 2023-2040-
Owen Bargreen - October, 2023
92 View from the Cellar Casa Lebai is located in the higher elevation town of Gumiel de Mercado and these vines are planted at 826 meters above sea level. The wine is made entirely from tempranillo, from twenty-six year-old vines and the wine is raised entirely in three thousand liter French oak foudres for one year prior to bottling. The 2019 is the first release of this wine, which comes in at 13.5 percent octane and delivers a fine, youthful bouquet of black cherries, raspberries, gentle spice tones, cigar smoke, lovely soil tones and spicy oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and nicely soil-driven in personality, with a chassis of firm tannin, good balance and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. This is an excellent first wine from the estate. It needs time to soften up its tannins, as I assume that the foudres were new oak in 2019, given that this is the winery’s first vintage. But, it will be a fine bottle once it is ready to drink. 2031-2075+.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.
92 The Wine Advocate The red 2019 Matadiablos was produced from Tempranillo grapes from one 2.61-hectare vineyard planted in 1997 by the cousin of their father with material from an old El Portillo vineyard. The grapes fermented in a 5,000-liter oak vat with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in a 3,000-liter oak vat for one year to preserve the character of the soil and avoid too much oak. It has a complex and different nose with abundant herbal notes, hints of wild berries and tons of licorice. It's medium-bodied, with contained ripeness and 13.5% alcohol, fine tannins and lively acidity with an herbal, acid berry and slightly bitter finish. 4,000 bottles were filled in November 2020. Drink 2023-2028
92 points Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate Issue# January 2023
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Casa Lebai Matadiablos 2020
93 (VfC)
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93 View from the Cellar As I mentioned last year, Casa Lebai is located in the higher elevation town of Gumiel de Mercado (where Goya Garcia is also based) and their vineyards are planted at 826 meters above sea level. The higher elevation allows for better diurnal temperature swings and helps to mitigate some of the heat of Ribera del Duero. The wine is raised in large foudres for twelve months, rather than the more typical smaller, new Bordeaux casks used by so many producers in the region. The 2020 Matadiablos is again fairly moderate in octane for Ribera del Duero, coming in at 13.5 percent in this vintage. The bouquet is deep and youthfully complex, offering up scents of black raspberries, lovely tempranillo spice tones, cigar wrapper, a fine base of chalky soil tones, coffee bean and just a whisper of cedary oak from the foudres. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and focused, with lovely depth at the core, excellent soil signature and grip, tangy acids, fine-grained tannins and a long, well-balanced and very promising finish. This is fine, fine juice in the making. 2034-2075.
John Gilman; Issue 109, January – February 2024
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Casa Lebai Matadiablos 2021
93 (VfC)
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93 View from the Cellar As I have mentioned in the past,. Casa Lebai is located in the higher altitude village of Gumiel de Mercado, where diurnal temperature swings keep the vines a bit cooler than in the lower altitude areas of Ribera del Duero. The vines for the Matadiablos bottling were planted in 1997, so they are just coming into their prime now. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in three thousand liter foudres prior to bottling, and then given an additional year of bottle aging in the cellars prior to release. The wine comes in at 13.5 percent octane in this vintage and offers up a lovely young nose of black cherries, plums, cigar wrapper, chalky soil tones, a nice touch of tempranillo spice tones, woodsmoke and just a touch of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and beautifully structured, with fine focus and grip, a superb core of fruit, good soil 67 undertow, ripe, buried tannins and a long, complex and well balanced finish. This will be a superb wine once it is ready to drink, but give it time to properly soften up its tannins! 2034-2075.
John Gilman; March – April 2024, Issue 110.
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