50/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Terra Alta – Batea – LaFou Celler – LaFou de Batea 2008
It is very easy to get lost in the world of wine! There is so much to discover, so much to learn, so many wineries to visit and so much wine to taste! Once you start, and the more you experience, the harder it is not to want more, to really get lost! The more I got to know, the more I want to know.
The fig tree house, Casa Figueras, is found in the centre in the village of Batea. There is a main square; it is small and very charming. There lies a stone house and inside you shouldn’t be able to get lost but you will, in the history and the wine.
Water was a commodity, and still is I guess, for some people, I hardly touch the stuff. Anyway…, sorry for the digression, the house was historically a very important place for the villagers, as it supplied them and their livestock with water. It had a huge water reservoir, so you could say, from water to wine.
In 1787, it was decided it should be closed down, due to hygiene reasons. It took another two years to do so, and the village got their new water source, thanks to the channeling of water from the Llavar spring. In 1803, the reservoir was definitively covered, by then the Botera fountain had been in use for some years, and the main square of Batea was built.
Apparently, the olive oil mill, which existed in the building from 1780, was unable to continue operating without the water reservoir, therefore it was sold to the Figueras family, who turned the building into their home.
Under today’s ownership, by the Roqueta family, it has been restored and equipped with all modern facilities, needed in a winery. During the renovation different elements were revealed, previously used in the production and storage of wine and olive oil.
The winery also has a completely renovated inner courtyard, which is equipped with the finest systems for selection and care of the grapes, with the aim of maintaining the distinguishing characteristics of the region in the varieties cultivated on its territory.
LaFou de Batea 2008, 75% Garnacha, 15% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep cherry color with shiny coating. The primary aromas give of sweetness, nuttiness, and sundried tomato. It has that nice sweet touch throughout. Secondary reveal red fruit and balsamic notes. It is a fresh wine that has quite a body, voluptuous I’d dare say and that’s not a word I often use for wine. In the mouth it shows plum and black fruits. Good acidity, medium to high, which works well with the fruitiness. Well balanced and very well made wine.
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