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Celler Cecilio was the first winery registered in the DOQ region. Based in the village of Gratallops it's a family winery established in 1942 by Valencian, Cecilio Vincent, who married into a family with vineyards which he subsequently restored. Cecilio's son August is now the winemaker. Farming is carried out sustainably, with the vines on the famous local "llicorella" or black slate soils; harvest is by hand, the wine fermented with natural yeasts and aged in tank or in neutral, large oak barrels so that the oak influence is very muted.
Like La Conreria d'Scala Dei's Black Slate Priorat Cecilio's Black Slate Gratallops Priorat is part of a project inspired by Burgundy appellations to highlight the different characteristics of different Priorat villages. Although both wines are produced largely from Grenache and Carignan (with a little Syrah in this Gratallops wine), they are quite different. The blend here is 58% Grenache, 32% Carignan and 10% Syrah.
Black Slate Gratallops Priorat is elegant despite being quite rich, a little higher in alcohol than some Priorat wines and having a little "earthiness" which is balanced with the exuberant fruit flavours of brambles and berries that you would expect. The Syrah brings a little spice and there are the hints of wet slate or graphite expected from this area. This wine has been described as Classic Priorat and I can see why. It's opulent, complex & smooth.
Priorat wines have the same DOCa status as Rioja wines (DOQ being the Catalan equivalent) but are generally less well-known than Rioja; in fact they are the only two Spanish wines at this highest qualification level.
Recommended to drink with game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, also with paella and other Spanish dishes