This is a quite special Spanish white wine coming from L'Empordà, in northern Catalonia, just near the French border.
The wine Blanc dels Aspres is made from over 40-year-old vines grown in shallow soils composed of granite and slate and with very low levels of organic matter.
The area is constantly swept by a harsh northern wind, called Tramuntana, which concentrates the flavours through a slow dessication of the grapes. Most importantly, it also operates as a natural sanitizing agent.
The composition ot this white wine from L'Empordà is an very interesting one. It is blend of White Grenache and Grey Grenache. Known as Lledoner Roig in the region, the variety was vinified in white in order not to colour the resulting wine.
Produced by Vinyes dels Aspres, after the harvest the grapes were destemmed and crushed. Then, only the free-run juice (53% of the whole) was fermented in Allier oak barrels.
After that, this Crianza white wine was aged for 5 months on its lees, with pump-overs performed every 15 days.
With a production around 11,000 bottles, all numbered, we suggest that you decant Blanc dels Aspres 2017 1 hour before drinking.
Drink this white wine from L'Empordà until 2024.
The white wine Blanc dels Aspres has a very bright, clean pale yellow colour with some golden and steely tinges.
This blend of White Grenache and Grey Grenache is remarkably complex. In fact, the nose is rather unique. Aromas of flowers, orange blossom, passion fruit, red fruit, ripe tomato, pastry, dry fruit and citrus over a deep mineral background. This white wine fermented in oak also suggests notes of dry fruit and butter.
Meaty and rich, though still coming together. This white wine by Vinyes dels Aspres has a lot to offer, and it will improve considerably over the next years. Mineral nuances, remembrances of earth and flowers, notes of citrus, berries and dry fruit and some buttery notes. This white wine from L'Empordà has a crisp acidity and long, kaleidoscopic finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Elegant, bold, rewardingly different, Blanc dels Aspres 2017 is somewhat reminiscent of the great white wines from Cotes du Rhône, though it shows an even deeper, earthier side. This is a wine that will age well.
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Varietal White Grenache, 8 months in French oak barrels from Allier.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels from Allier|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||5|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Garnacha Blanca 53%, Garnacha Gris 47%.|
|Pairings||bluefish, Boullabaise, Cod, Cow´s cheese, Cured cheeses, Goat cheese, Grilled whitefish, Rice with fish, Risotto, Roasted white meats, semi-curred cheese, Sheep´s cheese, Soup and rice, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stew|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
This white wine drinks like a red. It has structure, muscle and depth. You feel the sun, but not the heat. Terroir-orientated, also. Superb with white meat.