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.
Thus, he decided to craft a wine solely from Chenin, the white variety native to the Loire Valley. The results proved that his hunch had been correct.
It is produced from a less than 1-hectare vineyard. Over 30 years of age, the grapevines grow in shallow, calcareous soils with an abundance of marine fossils. This fact gives the wine an exceptionally mineral character.
Carefully harvested, the grapes were cold-soaked and gently crushed. Then this white wine from Penedès 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 Gran Caus La Calma 2015 cool, not chilled.
Aerate 30 minutes before drinking. Drink until 2026.
The white wine Gran Caus La Calma has a straw yellow colour with some golden tinges.
Nuanced and very original, this Crianza white wine shows 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 Chenin Blanc from Penedès is fascinating, both luminous and deeply mineral.
What an exceptionally seductive and intrincate white wine by Can Ràfols dels Caus! Flowers, white fruit with some nuances of citrus, dim buttery remembrances, a hint of beeswax and honey and a distinctive calcareous minerality. The wine has a smooth body, real complexity, great balance and focus, and a superb acidity. Long finish with some salty and mineral remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
Truly a wine for demanding connoisseurs, Gran Caus La Calma 2015 is something very special.
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|
|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||4|
|Other guides||Decanter: February 2017: 2nd Best White Catalan Wine.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|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|
On my top 5 Spanish white wines list. Magnificent!
I could not have liked this wine more. It is not cheap, but it really worths it. On the same level with some great Loire whites.
Super cool Chenin from the Mediterranean. Despite the fact that it comes from a hot climate, the wine feels incredibly fresh and mineral. It has poise, texture and real depth. 5 stars!!