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Blanc dels Aspres 2017

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€15.60

Blanc dels Aspres 2017

Characteristics

  • Vintage. 5 Months in French oak barrels from Allier
  • Bottle size:
  • 75 cl
  • Percentage of Alcohol:
  • 14.5

Score

93
Enterwine Score 93
93
Media rating 93

Availability: In stock

€15.60
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Details

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.

Additional Information

Appearance

The white wine Blanc dels Aspres has a very bright, clean pale yellow colour with some golden and steely tinges.

 

Nose

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.

 

Palate

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.

OTHER VINTAGES

Blanc dels Aspres 2016:

Enterwine 93.

Blanc dels Aspres 2015:

Enterwine 92.

Blanc dels Aspres 2014:

Varietal White Grenache, 8 months in French oak barrels from Allier.

Year 2017
Type White
D.O. Empordà
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 7-9ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? No
Organic No
Is this product free of sulfites? No
Ageing Vintage
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels from Allier
Number of months aged in Barrels 5
Parker Score No
Peñin Score No
Our Score 93
Media rating 93
Other guides No
Name of Award No
Mono-Varietal 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
  1. emporda!! review by Lamar and Gwen on 10/11/2017
    Value

    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.

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