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La Baixada 2018
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La Baixada 2018

DOCa Priorat, Álvaro Palacios, 750 ml

750 ml
Selection Baur au Lac Vins40
Grape variety: Garnacha
Producer: Alvaro Palacios, S.L.
Origin: Spanien / Catalunya / Priorato
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Article nr. 37146718
Grape variety: Garnacha
Producer: Alvaro Palacios, S.L.
Origin: Spanien / Catalunya / Priorato

Description

This single vineyard wine from La Baixada – a "Vinya Classificada" in the Burgundian sense of a Premier Cru – is pure sensuality from practically pure Garnacha (98%). Energetic, juicy, fresh and at the same time sensually soft, fragrant and charming, carried by finest tannins and a mineral backbone. According to Álvaro, La Baixada is best admired and enjoyed as a soloist without food accompaniment.

Attributes

Origin: Spanien / Catalunya / Priorato
Grape variety: Garnacha
Ripening potential: 10 to 30 years
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Vinification: fully destemmed, fermentation in wooden barrel
Harvest: hand-picking, strict selection
Maturation: in large wooden barrel/foudre
Bottling: no filtration
Maturation duration: 15 months
Volume: 14.5 %
Note: Contains sulphites
Producer

Alvaro Palacios, S.L.

Álvaro Palacios was only 25 years old when he moved to the lonely Priorat in 1989. He left his parents’ vineyard in Rioja (Palacios Remondo) behind, which had grown too small for him. He joined forces with a group of friends to reawaken the sleeping beauty of the Priorat, which the prior inhabitants had mostly abandoned in search of a better and easier life in the cities.

Coming from the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, it’s a good hour and a half’s drive to the Priorat. First, you head southwards down the coast until you turn inland after Tarragona and enter this wild, mountainous region. In summer, it smells of hot stone and dry herbs under the haze of the shimmering heat. Hard to believe that the grapevines on the terraced slopes can have such a vibrant green colour. Their roots search for water several metres deep in the barren slate soil, which is known locally as llicorella.

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Grape variety

Garnacha

Grenache seldom comes alone

Spaniards and Sardinians make the Grenache contentious: both claim it originated from their country. In fact, it had already appeared in both places by the 16th century. But a large number of mutations in Spain indicates that it has deeper roots on the Iberian Peninsula. The Grenache is meaty, rich in tannins and spicy, with a wonderful, fruity sweetness and rich aromas of blackberry, cassis, plums and pepper. Under the name Garnacha, it contributes fullness to the Rioja. In Sardinia it is called Cannonau, where it yields strong, expressive wines. But its stronghold is in France. Grenache is the star in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and streams into many other assemblages from the south. Its preferred partners are Syrah and Mourvèdre. This blend is also very popular abroad. In Australia, these wines are simply called "GSM".

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Garnacha
Subregion

Priorato

Priorat: Vergessen, wiederentdeckt, gefeiert…

Noch anfangs der 80er Jahre war das Priorat eine durch die Abwanderung geschwächte Problemregion. Dann entdeckten vier junge Winzer den verlassenen Talkessel, der nur eine Autostunde von der katalonischen Mittelmeerküste entfernt liegt, und begannen mit der Restauration der alten Rebanlagen. Heute sind die Priorat-Weine, die meistens von den alteingesessenen Sorten Garnacha und Cariñena geprägt werden, weltweit gefragt. Dank der spektakulären Renaissance der Priorat-Weine erlebt die ganze Region einen Aufschwung.

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Region

Catalunya

Catalonia: the great range

Spain’s second largest wine region has an impressive variety to offer. As a result, there are eleven different designations of origin in Catalonia. As the home of cava, Catalonia is one of the leading producers of sparkling wines produced according to classical methods. There is a wide selection of both elegant white wines and well-structured reds. Areas such as Priorat or Montsant have experienced an enormous upswing in recent years. The traditional sweet wine Moscatel de Sitges is also produced here.

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Country

Spain

Spain – Variety and perfection

“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.

The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.

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Rating
Parker 96+ Points

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