224/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – La Pobla de Cérvoles – Mas Blanch i Jové – Saó Abrivat 2009
Saó Abrivat 2009, 40% Tempranillo, 35% Red Grenache, 15% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 10% Merlot
Cherry red color and elaborate garnet medium layer. The nose is that of intense liquor , some cocoa, blackberry and cherries. Some spices are picked up, cinnamon and pepper. Toasted wood from the barrels stands out with some sweet notes of vanilla. This is a great wine. The taste is potent, structured and large. Quite persistent with pleasant astringency, elegant, somewhat alcoholic. There’s cherry and blackberry compote, cocoa, pepper, mineral equilibrium between fruit and wood.
The Saó is elaborated exclusively using grapes from the estates of the Mas Blanch i Jové winery. The vineyards are located in the town of La Pobla de Cérvoles and as all Catalan vineyards they carry names, in this case they are l’Esporgada, Els Llinars, El Pla d’en Mas, El Senill and St, Joan. All in a mountainous ecosystem with strong Mediterranean influences neighboring the Priorat and Montsant wine regions.
The 11 hectares of vines are located 700 m. above sea level and the vineyards thrive due to the combination of low rainfall, high temperature differentials between daytime and night time and just the right amount of sunshine. The lands are argillaceous, chalky and poor in organic components, limiting the grape production to only 3.500 kg. per hectare and thereby resulting in a superior concentration of sugars and polyphenols.
The grape varieties cultivated here are the ones most suitable for the region and the ones that have proven to give great wines. They grow Red Grenache, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, White Grenache and Macabeu, all of them offering distinct characteristics and are of exceptional quality.
Wine….., slow….., food…., slow….., is there really anything in life that should be hurried? Well, maybe jumping into freezing cold water, not that I have that problem, just saying! Pace of life, should be taken seriously. It’s to short and with todays society everything is fast paced, let’s at least keep the wine and food, and the company of friends, at a very very very……., slow pace! STOP! THINK! ENJOY! Have a great day ya’ll!
In 2006 a small winery, MAS BLANCH I JOVÉ, was created in LA POBLA DE CÉRVOLES (Lleida) where quality wine is produced under the D.O. Costers del Segre. The project was however initiated much earlier by the grandparents, as in many cases here in Catalonia. This is where slow wine is the best!
The vineyards are located in Les Garrigues, on the western border of the Priorat region, a mountainous area more than 700 meters above sea level. The uniqueness of the vineyards’ soil, the low rainfall, the ample sunshine and the significant temperature differentials between day and night allow for, following the thorough and meticulous laboring of the land, to produce very well made wines.
Such a cool design! The winery is entwined with the mountain rocks it emerges from. Seeking to be in harmony with the surrounding landscape, to become a part of nature. To this end, they winery’s walls are overlaid with large stones, extracted from the same site, olive trees are planted on the exterior surface and adjoining areas.
The building is covered with earth and vegetation so as to fuse with the surrounding mountains, and the whole structure is painted in an earthy ochre tone. The electrical power is partially derived from solar energy stemming from panels located on the winery’s rooftop.
La Pobla de Cérvoles is a town located in the region of Les Garrigues and the only municipality in this county that has been declared a protected mountainous area. There are about 250 inhabitants, while in the summer time the number increases. There are two wineries, within the village, open for visits. The Celler Cérvoles and Mas Blanch i Jove.
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