218/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Gratallops – Celler Cal Batllet – Artai 2010
Artai 2010, 43% Cariñena 29% Garnacha 22% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Merlot 2% Syrah
Another Super Catalan from Priorat, from the basic range of the producer but yet so big! Has a great freshness and even though it is a lively wine it is not all over the place. Cherry red rim. The nose is floral and fresh, lots of fruit, spices and minerals. The palate is powerful, but with freshness, ripe fresh fruit, mineral, composed, cool, and balanced. Easy to drink, another great one from Marc at Celler Cal Batllet. This one is hard to beat, when it comes to price/quality comparison! Get it if you can!!!
Cellers Ripoll Sans was established in 2000 when Marc Ripoll, a young man in his early twenties, returned to the Priorat to restore his family’s winery in the village of Gratallops. Prior to his arrival, the harvest from the family’s estate vineyards was sold to the local cooperative. Over the last years, Marc has restored the old winery and built Closa Battlet into one of the top estates in the region.
While preserving the historical structure of the winery, Marc has updated the building to incorporate modern winemaking techniques, though always in small volumes and in a highly manual way. Its production is based on grape selections from its estate vineyards, some as old as 90 years, cultivated on hillsides with slate soil. The wines made in this way have their own unique personality stemming from the endeavour to convey all the special features of the terrain.
Its production comes exclusively from the growing of the family-owned vineyards, some as much as 100 years old, cultivated on hillsides with slate soil placed in Gratallops and Torroja del Priorat. The grape varieties grown here are the local Carinyena and Garnatxa in reds mainly, and the old Escanyavella in whites.
It was during the 10th vintage, the 2009, when it was decided to move from the wine range of Closa Batllet and Petit Batllet, to elaborate all the wines under the distinctive “Vi de la Vila”, clearly committed with a philosophy of terroir wines, expressing all the personality from each village where they have their roots: Gratallops and Torroja.
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