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White Wine Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2017

White wine from Penedès made from old-vines Xarel·lo fermented and aged for 4 months in chestnut tree barrels.

Crianza. 4 Months in chestnut barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 13º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Penedès
Grapes Varieties: Xarel·lo,
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Availability: In stock

€27.60
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Coming from a single estate called Finca El Cirerer, Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal is a single varietal Xarel·lo produced from vines planted in clayey-limestone soils in a very particular terroir: Massís del Garraf (the Garraf Massif), a mountain range full of seashells and marine fossils located 30 km from Barcelona.

The vineyard was planted in 1954. The plants are grown following organic practices. No herbicides or pesticides are used at any stage of the farming process.

The grapes of this highly idiosyncratic Spanish white wine by Can Rafols del Caus were harvested by hand.

Then, this old-vines Xarel·lo from Penedès was spontaneously fermented, as it was tradition in the region, in new chestnut tree barrels. Afterwards, it was aged for a period of 4 months.

Finally, Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2017 was aged for 24 months in the bottle prior to its release.

Aerate this outstanding white wine from Penedès 1 hour before drinking.

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Appearance

The white wine Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal has a bright, clean, straw yellow colour with some golden tinges.

Nose

The aromatic profile of this Xarel.lo from Penedès is quite unique: deeply mineral-the trademark of the Massís del Garraf area-, and at the same time utterly Mediterranean. An organic white wine reminiscent of bone fruit and green apples, with hints of aromatic herbs, Spanish broom, dry earth, marzipan, smoke and cream.

Palate

Creamy and pleasant, this white wine by Can Ràfols dels Caus has a great structure, a linear character and a remarkable tension. Notes of peach pit, spices, fennel, flowers, dry fruit and aromatic herbs. This wine aged in chestnut tree barrels has a  crisp, rock-solid acidity and a long, salty-mineral finish. Very serious ageing potential.

Our personal opinion

A wine unlike any other, Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2017 is one the best expressions of the Xarel.lo grape - arguably the most important Catalan indigenous white variety - available on the market.

OTHER VINTAGES

Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2016:

Enterwine 93.

Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2015:

Enterwine 93. Peñín 92.

Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2014:

Enterwine 93. Parker 93.

Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2012:

Enterwine 93. Peñín 92. Parker 91.

Gran Caus Xarel.lo Pairal 2011:

Peñín 92. Enterwine 93.

Gran Caus Xarel·lo Pairal 2009:

Parker 93.

Year 2017
Type White
D.O. Penedès
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 9-11ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Organic Yes
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in chestnut barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 4
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 93
Mono-Varietal Xarel·lo
Pairings Baked whitefish, Cured cheeses, Fish and gravey, Grilled vegitables, Poultry, Rice with fish, Roasted fish, Roasted white meats, semi-curred cheese, Soup and rice, Vegitables sauces, White meat with gravy
Taste Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner
Reviews
3 Reviews
... and this is the well
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Age-worthy Catalan white wine. Xarel-lo's performance simply skyrockets after ten years.
Review by (Posted on 19 February 2019)
caus
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One of Catalonia's best whites. Period.
Review by (Posted on 11 June 2018)
Just great
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Deep and very original. Gonna keep one or two bottles in my cellar. Really worth the money.
Review by (Posted on 10 August 2017)
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