Cal Batllet Gratallops 5 Partides Priorat 2015
WineSpark Price €40.07
Priorat is probably the greatest place in the world for the Carignan grape.
And one of the best examples is this wine, made from 100% Carignan from Marc’s grandfather’s 100+ year old vines.
Wine magazine Decanter agree, in a recent expert tasting declaring it the joint 2nd best Carignan in Spain.
The work in the vineyard here is intense - steep slopes, all manual, back-breaking work, all for a piddly 1 ton yield per hectare.
But the wine is worth it, as is the honour of working with these treasures of old vineyards. And to respect the generations who have worked the land before us.
The nose is incredible, you could just sniff it all day. It’s loaded with herbs, ripe fruit and white pepper. Then the taste in the mouth is incredible - juicy, full, smooth with layers of sweet black fruit, liquorice, violets and soft oak.
Because Marc is a small producer rather than a big established name, you’re getting amazing value here for one of Priorat’s best wines.
|Region of origin||Catalonia|
|Appellation||DOQ Priorat - Vi De Vila|
|Months in Oak||16|
|Type of Oak||225 L French 50% New|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)|
|Average age of vines||80|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||300|
|Closure Type||Natural Cork|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes, but not certified|
|Suitable for vegans?||No|
|Ageing potential||15 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2021-2030|
Just two hours from Barcelona, I love drinking and visiting Priorat - if you like your reds big, and with tons going on, then Marc’s wines are for you.
Ferran was sommelier at the famed El Bulli for 13 years, and now writes for JancisRobinson.com as the Spanish wine writer. There probably isn’t a more respected wine palate in Spain.
Honestly you can just savour this on its own. But also goes brilliantly with your best roast lamb.
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Great old vines Priorat. Lovely smoky and herbal nose with soft liquorice and spice body and very long subtle length. One of the best Priorats I have ever tasted and brilliant value given the complexity of this wine and I am normally a gnarly old tannic Bordeaux fan. (95-96)
You kind of expect more Tannin with a wine that looks and smells like this. But its really smooth and round with BIG fruit. Its like the second Priorat I've had and I loved them both.
This was a sensational bottle of wine. I shared it with some dinner guests and the only downside was not having more.
I really enjoyed the full flavour of this wine while not feeling too heavy. Served this with a steak platter it was just perfect. Top marks!!