Produced by the Escoda-Sanahuja winery, Els Bassots is a Spanish white wine made following an uncompromisingly organic, radically non-interventionist approach.
As with all of the company's products, this natural white wine is crafted following the guidelines of biodynamic agriculture.
A varietal Chenin Blanc, the grapes come from a single estate located at an altitude of 450 metres in the beautiful southern Catalan region of Conca de Barberà. The grapevines grow in soils composed of clay and limestone.
Interestingly, Els Bassots 2017 was crafted following the "Brisat" technique, traditionally used in the region to produce white wines.
Thus, the wine must was fermented with the grape skins, as with red wines, in order to enhance its colour intensity and aromatic complexity.
After that, this white wine from Conca de Barberà was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, a substantially longer period than in previous vintages. Prior to its bottling, the wine was neither clarified nor filtered.
It is important thay you decant it 1 hour before drinking. Drink over the next 5 years.
The wine Els Bassots has a very bright, clean, straw-yellow colour with some golden tinges and greyish glints.
Enticing aromas of bitter almonds and hazelnuts, along with notes of rose petals, jasmine, ginger and citrus. This Chenin Blanc also suggests some delightful overtones of lychee, balsam, camomile and sage.
Intense, focused and linear. This wine by the Escoda-Sanahuja winery has a tense acidity, mild tannins, some bitter and citrus notions and long, complex finish with some remembrances of dry fruit, flowers, spices and dry earth.
|Our personal opinion||
Radical in the best sense of the term, Els Bassots 2017 is an age-worthy wine from Conca de Barberà that deserves serious consideration.
Els Bassots 2016:
Els Bassots 2014:
4 months in barrels. Enterwine 89.
Els Bassots 2013:
|D.O.||Conca de Barberà|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes 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|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||15|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Cold meats, Cow´s cheese, Cured cheeses, Fish and gravey, Goat cheese, Grilled whitefish, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Poultry, Rice with fish, Risotto, Roasted white meats, semi-curred cheese, Sheep´s cheese, Smoked foods|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you can, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner|
Super cool wine, despite being in its infancy. Forget this blather about having to drink natural wine young because of its inability to age. This wine will be much better in 3 years.
A natural Chenin that could compete with some serious Loire Chenins. Scented, floral, with a restrained use of oak. The fruit breathes freely, and the terroir imprint is palpable and delectable. Kudos to the winery!!