Jerome Bougnaud is in the fourth generation of a family of winegrowers from the Cognac region in France. Despite his […]Keep Reading
Jerome Bougnaud is in the fourth generation of a family of winegrowers from the Cognac region in France. Despite his roots and formal training in France, he has made a name for himself in Spain where he’s worked closely with Peter Sisseck at Quinta Sardonia and Pingus as well as El Regajal in the D.O. of Vinos de Madrid. A true vigneron at heart, he is equally comfortable in the vineyards as well as the cellar. His years of experience in the Duero led to the creation of Galia in 2009 – a personal project he formed with the technical director of El Regajal, Daniel Garcia Pita.
The foundation of Galia is a collection of vineyards along the Duero in the provinces of Soria, Burgos, and Valladolid. These are old vineyards ranging in elevation from 795 to close to 1000 meters above sea level. Because these scattered plots were chosen for their potential, rather than their geographic proximity, Galia is bottled as a Vino de Mesa. In fact, because many of these sites were located outside the borders of established D.O.s, they might have been lost to future generations had Jerome not decided to utilize them for his project.
In Piquera de San Esteban in Soria Jerome has 9 plots totaling 2.5 hectares of vines. They are located just outside the border of Ribera del Duero at an average elevation of 975 meters above sea level. These are head-pruned, pre-phylloxera vines of Tempranillo with a small amount of Albillo planted on sandy and gravelly soils over limestone bedrock.
In Fuentelcesped, in the province of Burgos, Jerome farms a 0.81 hectare plot of Tempranillo that was planted in 1960. This site is located on a terrace of gravelly sand and limestone at an elevation of 852 meters above sea level. Also in the province of Burgos but in the village of Hontangas, Jerome has two plots of Garnacha planted on sandy gravel at an elevation of 911 meters. These vines were planted in 1920. Nearby is a steep, north-facing, 0.37 hectare plot of Tempranillo planted in calcareous clay soils and dating to 1930.
In Segovia, near Cuevas de Provanco, Jerome has 9 plots altogether totaling 1 hectare. These are all head-pruned Tempranillo vines planted around 1920. These are all steep, north-facing sites on calcareous clays soils at an average elevation of 920 meters.
In the province of Valladolid, Jerome has three plots of vines on gravelly, calcareous clay in two villages – a 0.80 hectare, north-facing vineyard of Tempranillo and Garnacha at an elevation of 850 meters and planted in 1920 near Quintanilla de Onesimo, and 1.75 hectares of Tempranillo divided between two plots planted in 1930 near Trigueros del Valle.
Galia is always a Tempranillo-based wine with about 7% Garnacha and a tiny amount of Albillo. Each site is harvested by hand and fermented by indigenous yeasts at the small winery located in Villanueva de Duero. The Garnacha is fermented whole cluster while the Tempranillo ferments with about 30% whole clusters. After primary fermentation, the wine is transferred to 600L French oak barrels (15% new) where it ages for 19 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.