Partida Bellvisos 2010 Gratallops Priorat

Partida Bellvisos 2010 Gratallops Priorat | 94 POINTS

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René Barbier started out in the world of wine at Clos Mogador in 1992 with his father. In 2001, he had the option of buying a small, abandoned old vine “coster” (steeply sloping, traditional) vineyard called Els Bellvisos. Together with Sara Perez, the brought the vineyard back to life. When they got the “coster” back into production, they thought they had bought a plot of Carinyena (Carignan), but to their great surprise, they found it had 40% of Garnatxa Peluda (Downy Grenache)! This ripens before the Carinyena (Carignan) and expresses more freshness. A vertiginous wine with long maceration which needs oak and time in bottle in order to be reborn, fine, beguiling, fresh and powerful, anchored to the Llicorella which has shaped it.

Varietal Composition: 50 Grenache, 50 Carignan

94 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Gratallops Vi de Vila Partida Bellvisos is sourced from a very old vineyard in the Bellvisos quarter of Gratallops. The nose seems to distill the aromas of all the plants and flowers that you find in the fields, plus the earthiness of the decomposed, dusty slate and also some balsamic aromas of shoe polish, peat and slate. There is great tension here, concentration, dry extract, fine tannins, incredibly elegant for the amount of Cariñena, which is not really the dominant grape in the blend, but does dominate the wine's profile. For Sara Pérez this is a place for Cariñena, and perhaps Garnacha Peluda, a more robust, rustic version/strain of Garnacha, because it's not really a place for regular Garnacha, it might be too warm for it. This is in the Cami Pesseroles, where Mas Martinet also has a vineyard. The 2010 vintage feels like an incredibly balanced vintage that only starts showing its true colors now, but should gain in depth with more time in bottle. This is the finest Bellvisos I can remember.There are 1,278 bottles of this wine released five years after the harvest."

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