Albert's brilliant 'opening' wine at Acustic Celler in Monsant is simply gorgeous. Rich and big-boned - the old vines here add an incredible intensity to the dark berry fruit. Made from 80% Carignan, 20% Garnacha which spends 10 months in 1-3 year old French oak barrels. The fruit comes from 40-75 year old vines giving a juice loaded with Primary violets, black cherry flesh, baked raspberry then sopme dried herbal notes. A palate loaded with vim & vigour, has a good slab of richness too, broad black fruits, fennel, floral, plum and dark chocolate. Yes! L&S (Jun 2018)
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These exciting wines, from very old vines in the DO of Montsant (a 'doughnut-like' ring of land that encircles Priorat on all sides) is the project of Albert Jané Ubeda. Unlike Priorat's famous slate soils Monsant has a mixture of terroirs with more clay, sand and slate vineyards. Planted with Garnatxa (Garnacha) and Samso (Cariñena).
Albert is like an obsessive collector when it comes to prospecting new vineyards, even if he comes across a small parcel of old bush vines he just has to have it and this patchwork of sites add so much complexity and intensity to his wines. All the vines are between 30 and 105 years old, in harsh and stony soils of sand stones and clay.
Albert's philosophy is to create wines that express and bring back to life the traditional way of making wines here. He is all about authenticity and says his job is to look after the vines - he makes his wine in the vineyards not the cellar. It is the vines and the terroir that are the magic here for Albert and his mission is to bottle it!
Working organically since his first vintage in 2004, all the grapes are hand-picked. Vinification is traditional (small wooden press), there is a very prudent use of oak 'a good barrel is a barrel you cannot taste' says Albert, it should 'help the wine express itself not actually add its own mark to the juice'. All wines are then bottled without fining or filtration, making them the most exciting and expressive wines we have tasted from this upcoming region.
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