Can Rafols dels Caus ~ Gran Caus Tinto Penedès DO 1999

Can Rafols dels Caus ~ Gran Caus Tinto Penedès DO 1999
£21.00 / bottle£239.40 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Spain
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grapes: Merlot
Style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Wine Types: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2021
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 13.5%
Organic

Tasting Notes

The story

The Penedès wine region around Barcelona in the North East of Spain is better known for Cava but it also produces some other great wines; the reds, though often overlooked in favour of Rioja and Priorat reds, can make for good value alternatives. We could not believe our luck on finding this wine from 1999 at this price and drinking beautifully now.

Can Rafols dels Caus was a country estate taken over from his grandfather by Carlos Esteva in 1979. He decided to regenerate the vineyards and produce wine from grapes exclusively from the estate, using as little intervention as possible to "create fine wines which are natural, elegant and with a marked personality". The style tends towards wines which have been aged for a long time in the bottle so that complex aromas and flavours develop.

The wine

The wine is lovely and fresh on the nose with a range of different aromas but bramble fruits dominate. As a Bordeaux blend of 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, this does have a ring of Right Bank Bordeaux about it but it also has a Mediterranean herbaceousness. The tannins are so soft they are hardly noticeable, just enough to give the wine some body. It really is rather elegant. I tasted this wine blind twice and on both occasions was amazed by the bramble fruit aromas and the length of the wine, two features which show that this wine will keep for a few years yet.

Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with game, duck, goose, steak, beef casseroles and other red meats, also with turkey, chicken, tomato-based dishes, mushrooms, roast vegetables and with paella and other Spanish dishes

 

Producer's Notes

Subtle and serious with plenty of minerality and aromas of Mediterranean herbs. There are some lovely tertiary flavours of dried fruit and leather, in addition to very well integrated oak.

A lovely, elegant red wine from Penedès, very smooth with soft tannins, reminiscent of Right Bank Bordeaux but with Mediterranean herbaceousness. 17 years old yet full of bramble fruit and with a long finish, we couldn't believe our luck finding it

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