Negre Franc is a Catalan red wine produced by the Pardas winery.
Farmed following minimal intervention techiques and environmentally friendly procedures, all of the vineyards are located in Penedès.
Both Cabernets come from vines with an average age of 20 years.
As for the indigenous Sumoll, the plants are over 70 years of age.
Separately harvested and vinified, the grapes were destemmed and vinified in centenary concrete tanks lined with resin.
After a period ranging from 15 to 35 days, the wine was transferred into 225 and 300-litre French oak barrels, where it was aged for 10 months.
Pardas Negre Franc 2011 was delicately filtered prior to its bottling.
Producion fo 14,802 bottles. Drink now until 2023.
Decant 30 minutes before drinking.
Medium-high cherry-coloured robe with some violet tinges and a garnet rim.
A rich, complex combination of black fruit, some vegetal and mineral undertones, suggestions of dry earth and balsam, and some hints of spices.
Medium-bodied, with a remarkable precision and focus. Juicy and moreish, with great balance and a distinctive character. Havanna cigars, green bell pepper, spices, red berries, incense and menthol. Good acidity, crunchy tannins and a long finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Pardas Negre Franc 2011 is a surprising wine. Totally individual.
Pardas Negre Franc 2010: Blend of Cabernet Franc (66%), Cabernet Sauvignon (23%) and Sumoll (11%). Peñín 93, Parker 90.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||No|
|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||10|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||“Cabernet Franc”:”73” “Cabernet Sauvignon”:”18” “Sumoll”:”8”|
|Pairings||Bull meat, Cold meats, Grilled lamb, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Hamburgers , Poultry, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||Barbecue, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|
2 Cabs and... Sumoll? It sounds strange, but now, after 7 years, it works surprisingly good.