Red Wine Lafou de Batea 2018
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Produced by the Roqueta family, the red wine LaFou de Batea is the flagship bottling of the LaFou Celler winery.
A single vineyard Spanish red wine, the grapes are sourced from 50 to 70-year-old vines located in DO Terra Alta. The 2018 vintage is made from a blend of Grenache and Hairy Grenache with a 15% Samsó (aka Carignan).
Harvested by hand and selected on site and on arriving at the cellar, the grapes were destemmed, fermented and macerated in stainless steel tanks. Then this Crianza red wine was transferred into 300-litre Central European oak barrels and egg-shaped concrete tanks, where it was aged for 12 months.
After that, the red wine LaFou de Batea 2018 was blended and bottled with no fining or filtration. Finally, the wine was aged for a minimum of 12 months in the bottle before its release.
Decant this red wine from Terra Alta at least 1 hour before drinking.
Pair with hearty meat recipes.
The red wine LaFou de Batea is deep ruby with a purplish rim.
This blend of Grenache, Hairy Grenache and Carignan is intense, deep and certainly terroir-bound. The purest red fruit, slowly evolving into blackberries and brambles, with intriguing nuances of black olives, dried tomates, lavender, and Mediterranean garrigue. The ageing notes are subdued and remain in the background, in the form of subtle spicy and toasted hints.
This wine from LaFou Celler is bold and substantial, with an initial warmth soon taken over by a fresh, enlivening acidity and an entrancing minerality. Ripe, chiseled tannins and very long finish with some balsamic and mineral remembrances.
|Our personal opinion
Impressive efforts like the red wine LaFou de Batea 2018 demonstrate that Terra Alta is a region worthy of the attention of any serious wine aficionado.
LaFou de Batea 2017:
LaFou de Batea 2016:
Enterwine 93. Guía Peñín 92.
LaFou de Batea 2015:
LaFou de Batea 2008:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 92. Tim Atkin 94. Guía Proensa 93.
|Should this wine be decanted?
|One hour before serving
|Type of ageing
|Months in distinct containers
|Number of months aged in Barrels
|Percentage of variety
|Garnacha Tinta y Garnacha Peluda 85%, Samsó 15%.
|Bull meat, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto
|Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes
|A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement