Produced by the Roqueta family, Lafou de Batea is the flagship wine of the LaFou Celler winery. The production is very limited. Only 6,000 bottles.
This top-notch Spanish red wine is produced from over 100-year-old grapevines located in a estate called Mas Gabrielet, belonging to the southern Catalan DO of Terra Alta. The 2015 vintage is made from a blend in which Grenache takes the main part, complemented with some Samsó (aka Carignan).
Harvested by hand and selected on site and in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed, fermented and macerated in stainless steel tanks. Then a portion of the wine was transferred into French (80%), American (10%) and Central European (10%) oak barrels, and the rest was transferred into egg-shaped concrete tanks. Both were aged for 12 months, after which this red wine from Terra Alta 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 a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.
The red wine Lafou de Batea has a dark, cherry-coloured robe with some ruby tinges.
Intense, deep and terroir-oriented. Juicy, pristine red fruit, slowly evolving into blackberries and brambles, typical of a blend of Grenache and Carignan. Slowly but steadily, this crianza red wine sets off towards unknown territory, with some nuances of black olives, dried tomates, lavender, and Mediterranean garrigue. The ageing notes are subdued and remain on the background, in the form of subtle spicy and toasted hints.
Bold, substantial and commanding, with an initial warmth which soon fades away in a exultantly fresh passage. This wine by Lafou Celler has some super juicy fruit, all of the aromatic subtleties previously described and, finally, a resounding, wonderfully expressive and deep minerality. Acidity is first-class, taking on a slightly citrusy form, and tannins are ripe and yummy. Extremely long finish with some balsamic and mineral remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
With wines like LaFou de Batea 2015, the Terra Alta DO proves that it is a region worthy of serious attention.
LaFou de Batea 2008:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 92. Tim Atkin MW 94. Guía Proensa 93.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour 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, American, and Hungarian oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Garnacha Tinta 85%, Samsó 15%.|
|Pairings||Bull meat, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Impressively mineral and streamlined. Nevertheless, it is not yet fully formed. Great potential.