2019 Autòcton Celler
Very old vineyards of Xarel lo fermented and aged for 10 months in a mixture of 300 and 400 litre oak barrels (with weekly batonnage to keep the lees in suspension) and stainless steel tanks giving texture and layers of intricate flavours. Albert sells this as a humble sounding 'table wine' because the vineyard, while very old, are not covered by any DO, but what is important to him are these very old-vine indigenous vines. Delicate herbal and yellow flower notes with a whiff of dry straw on the nose. In the mouth it has with good weight and texture while remaining fresh, and a finish which shows a bit more power, this is a fascinating white of purity and freshness. The crisp, pithy finish is completely addictive. L&S (Oct 2021)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Sophisticated, creamy-textured wine with an intense character of greengages and an attractive bitter note on the finish. Further proof that Xarel-lo can make thoroughly exciting dry wine. Drinking range: 2021 - 2023 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2021)
Jancis Robinson's Favourite Whites 2021
The Catalan Xarel-lo grape can make sophisticated dry whites such as this from old, certified organic vines and an old winery south of Barcelona on the boundary of Penedès and Tarragona.Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2021)
Albert Jané, who we (and many of our customers) know well from his Acústic Celler in Monsant, has 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.
Albert also has exciting wine projects in Priorat with Ritme Cellar and in Monsant with Acustic Cellar.
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