Maset de Lleo, Hu Ta Nay in D.O. Catalunya

184/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Catalonia – Penedes – Maset – Maset de Lleo 1777 Tinto Natural 2007

Hu Ta Nay…….,

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Maset de Lleo 1777, Tinto Natural 2007, 100% Tempranillo

Cherry red middle layer, dense ruby rim and tears which stains the glass. The nose shows roasted and smoked notes, a tiny notion of red meat, ripe red fruit and sweet spices. Some cedar wood and light vanilla. With regards to the sweetness shown in the note, the palate gives of great freshness and good acidity, good body. Nicely rounded tannins and at the end there are certain notes of spices and some soft sweetness. Not to heavy but I would still prefer it with some creamy pasta, just to round of the edges. Like all about this one, except the packaging, which gives it to much “souvenir feel”.

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Vinos & Cavas Maset del Lleó has always been a pioneering and leading company in the wine producing sector in direct selling to customers.  The origins of Maset del Lleó winery go back to 1777, when the land was part of the manor of Montserrat Abbey and the Massana family, today the winery owners, had to pay a tithe to work the land. Since then, eight generations of the Massana family have been linked to agriculture on the Maset del Lleó estate.

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The family never ceased to persevere with the cultivation of the vine. Not even the phylloxera plague in the 19th century put a stop to the family tradition. And so in 1917, Josep Massana Carbó made the first Maset del Lleó Cava. In 1958, when Maset del Lleó was already a consolidated wine and Cava producing company, Antoni Massana bought an old lorry and started distributing fruit, vegetables, wine and cava directly to customers in Barcelona. In this way one of Maset del Lleó’s distinctive features came into operation: service direct to the customer.

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At the end of the 1980s, Maset del Lleó continued to make weekly deliveries in Barcelona, taking the opportunity to take orders for the following week. The development of the telephone led to a better, much more personalised and efficient service, and resulted in the Maset del Lleó system of telephone sales that we have  today.This direct and personal service with the client initiated a fruitful period of expansion which led Maset del Lleó into transforming and improving the original winery, without losing the family character of the business.

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Along the years, Maset del Lleó has incorporated the most innovative technologies of production and communication. Modern techniques, systems and machinery which improve the quality of our wines and Cavas. This direct and personal service with the client initiated a fruitful period of expansion which led Maset del Lleó into transforming and improving the original winery, without losing the family character of the business.

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Maset del Lleó winery is situated in the very heart of Alt Penedés, an excellent wine producing area, where the secret of our wines and cavas is produced: namely, the grapes. The Denomination of Origin (D.O.) Penedès is situated between Barcelona and Tarragona, in an area approximately 80km wide, bordered in the north with the Montserrat Mountains and in the south with the Sitges and Tarragona coast. The composition of the land is varied, ranging from clay-limestone areas to the sandy soil found at different depths where the vines put down their roots. The climate is mild in the winter and hot in the summer, without being extreme.

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