2015 Vinyes Velles Autòcton Celler
Fuller and a touch darker than the Autocton V V, but again with crackling energy and freshness, damson, mulberry and myrtle, backed by fragrant herbs, peppery spice. Mouthfilling but never heavy, fresh, with ripe tannins, bristling and joyful, a wine with a big personality. L&S (Feb 2017)
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Autòcton by name and Autòcton by nature as this big brother to the Autòcton Vinyes Velles is made entirely from old Catalan Sumoll vines, producing a marginally more intense red of sweetly ripe textured cherry fruit with ample weight and fleshy texture contained in a bright succulent framework with fresh balancing mulberryish acidity on the finish. As it will improve for three to five years in bottle, this is a collector's item in more ways than one. Rating: 90 www.thewinegang.com (Jun 2017)
Albert Jané, who we (and many of our customers) know well from his Acústic Celler in Monsant, some new (but very old) vineyards. He wrote to us in September 2016: 'I would like to show you my new project: Autòcton Celler (autòcton means local, indigenous, autochthonous). It is a project from a selection of the oldest vineyards of local varieties like Sumoll, Xarel lo, Xarel lo Vermell, Malvasia de Sitges, Subirat Parent, Macabeu... fermented in tank or big barrels or amphores in Mas Vilella which is a very old traditional Catalan house dated from XVI century.
'The area is 60 km in the south of Montsant and Priorat where I am living, it is table wines because part of the vineyards are part in DO Penedes and part of them are DO Tarragona, I don’t care about DO I am looking for very very exciting vineyards... in fact I am living in the old Masia with 4 chickens , 1 rooster, 3 dogs... just upstairs of the cellar... next time you come back I will show it.'
How could we resist!
The first releases are two exceptional and original whites with the constitution of Pouilly Fuissés, but with a different character and expression.
From Catalonia’s most interesting vineyards – a brace of Priorats and a long time favourite from Montsant, the region that almost doughnuts Priorat. Great blends of Grenache and Carignan, of a similar weight to Rioja but with less reliance of wood, some plump blackcherry fruit and touch of tertiary spice. Lovely winter warmers.
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