White Wine Gran Caus La Calma 2018
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From the moment he began producing wines, Carlos Esteva, owner of the Can Ràfols dels Caus winery, had the intuition that some foreign varieties could adapt successfully to the unique terroir of the Garraf Massif, a subzone of DO Penedès with a distinctive character.
Thus, he decided to craft Gran Caus La Calma solely from Chenin, a white variety native to the Loire Valley. The results proved that his hunch had been correct.
This remarkable varietal Spanish white wine is produced from over 30-year-old vines planted in a less than 1-hectare vineyard with calcareous soils peppered with marine fossils, a feature which gives the wine an exceptionally mineral character.
Carefully harvested, the grapes were cold-soaked and gently crushed. Then Gran Caus La Calma 2018 was fermented and aged on its lees in French oak barrels for 4-5 months with periodic stirrings. After that, the wine was aged for 24 months in the bottle prior to its commercial release.
We recommend that you drink this organic white wine from Penedès cool, not chilled.
Aerate some time before drinking.
The white wine Gran Caus La Calma is medium yellow with some golden tinges.
Nuanced and very original, this wine carries some evocative aromas of aniseed, honey, white hawthorne, camomile, and most notably white flowers, which are livelier than in previous vintages. The aromatic background of this varietal Chenin Blanc is fascinating, both luminous and deeply mineral.
This wine from Can Ràfols dels Caus is smooth, complex and superbly balanced. White fruit with some nuances of citrus, dim buttery remembrances, a hint of beeswax and honey and a distinctive calcareous minerality. Long, complex finish with some salty and mineral remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
Truly a wine for demanding connoisseurs, Gran Caus La Calma 2018 is something very special.
Gran Caus La Calma 2017:
Enterwine 93. Guía Peñín 91.
Gran Caus La Calma 2016:
Enterwine 93. Parker 94. Guía Peñín 93.
Gran Caus La Calma 2015:
Enterwine 94. Parker 93.
Gran Caus La Calma 2014:
Enterwine 94. Parker 95. Peñín 92.
Gran Caus La Calma 2013:
Parker 94. Peñín 93. Enterwine 94.
Gran Caus La Calma 2012:
Peñín 92. Enterwine 92. Decanter: 2nd Best Catalan White Wine (February 2017)
Gran Caus La Calma 2011:
Gran Caus La Calma 2010:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||4|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, Boullabaise, Cod, Curred fish, Fish and gravey, Foie Gras, Goat cheese, Grilled fish, Oysters, Rice with fish, Soup and rice, Stew, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|