Mas Candí MC Brut Nature Corpinnat

Appellation: Corpinnat Cuvée: Brut Nature Colour: sparkling white Grapes: Xarel·lo 55%, Macabeo 30%, Sumoll Tinto 15% About: Mas Candí is one of 11 founder members of Corpinnat, a voluntary group of former Cava producers in the Penedès who have created a wine charter to self-impose far higher standards than for DO Cava. This masterful entry … Continue reading Mas Candí MC Brut Nature Corpinnat

Mas Candí Desig Rosat

Appellation: none Cuvée: Desig Rosat Colour: Rosé Grapes: Macabeu 55% Merlot 45% About: from an unusual blend but a nice idea to use perhaps injudiciously planted Merlot, it ends up being very easy and pure with a bit of grip for texture and salty acidity. Vines Location: in Guardiola de Font-Rubí, 10km north-west of the … Continue reading Mas Candí Desig Rosat

Mas Candí

Who: Ramon Jané and Mercè Cuscó What: Vino de España and Corpinnat Where: Penedès near Vilafranca del Penedès When: Since 2006 Ramon Jané and Mercè Cuscó are the husband wife team who own and manage Mas Candí, a growing concern in the Penedès just outside Avinyonet close to Vilafranca del Penedès, less than an hour … Continue reading Mas Candí

Carol Valles Cava Guillem Carol Brut Nature Gran Reserva

Appellation: Cava Cuvée: Guillem Carol Brut Nature Gran Reserva Colour: Sparkling white Grapes: Xarel-lo 56%, Macabeu 24%, Chardonnay 15%, Pinot Noir 5% About: Joan Carol celebrates his son joining the business with this Cuvée which is squarely aimed at gastronomy where the Parellada i Faura is perfect on its own. This is perfect with white … Continue reading Carol Valles Cava Guillem Carol Brut Nature Gran Reserva

Matassa Coume de L’Olla Blanc

Appellation: VDF Cuvée: Coume de L’Olla Blanc Colour: White Grapes: Macabeu, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Muscat Petit Grain About: Named after the single vineyard from which it comes, Coume de l’Olla, this is all about refreshment, a wine that goes with and uplifts pretty much everything. Vines Location: down the hill to the east of Calce toward … Continue reading Matassa Coume de L’Olla Blanc

Tarannà Po-etic Karismàtika Llibertària

Appellation: None. Cuvée: Karismàtika Llibertària. Colour: White. Grapes: Macabeo 85%, Parellada 15%. About: named after and in tribute to the anarchist revolutionary women who fought in 1936 against the fascists. Vines Location: 200m just out to the north of the village of Barberà de la Conca, in the Font Gitarda lieu-dit. Size (ha): 0.23. Age … Continue reading Tarannà Po-etic Karismàtika Llibertària

La Salada L’Ermot

Appellation: Vi. Cuvée: L’Ermot. Colour: White. Grapes: Macabeu. About: shows the diversity and quality of Macabeu, which is rarely used for varietal wines here, being usually blended into Cava. This wine has a strikingly rich, viscous texture, and toasty character, which comes from the age of the vines, there’s no oak used. Vines Location: Pla … Continue reading La Salada L’Ermot

Jean-Philippe Padié information posted!

Everything we know about Jean-Philippe Padié’s wines for now has been posted here! Jean-Philippe Padié makes some of most natural, pure, delicate and complex wines in the Roussillon from his biodynamically farmed vines sited on a mosaic of soils in Calce. Each Cuvée is a fabulous adventure.  

Jean-Philippe Padié Fleur de Cailloux VDF

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: Fleur de Cailloux. Colour: White. Grapes: Grenache Blanc 50%, Macabeu 40%, and Grenache Gris 10%. About: called the “flower of stones” this complex and mineral white expresses spectacular freshness, and delicious stone fruits, for only 12.5%. Vines Location: from several parcels near Calce. Size ha: 5. Age: vines planted in … Continue reading Jean-Philippe Padié Fleur de Cailloux VDF

Jean-Philippe Padié Tourbillon de la Vie VDF Blanc

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: Tourbillon de la Vie Blanc. Colour: White. Grapes: Macabeu. About: the Cuvée name means Roundabout of Life, and comes from a song, a waltz, by Jeanne Moreau in the celebrated film Jules et Jim by François Truffaut. The wine is a negociant wine from vineyards Jean-Philippe supervises and has made … Continue reading Jean-Philippe Padié Tourbillon de la Vie VDF Blanc

Les Clos Perdus IGP Côtes Catalanes L’Année Blanc

Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes. Cuvée: L’Année Blanc. Colour: White. Grapes: Macabeu 65%, Grenache Gris 30%, Muscat 5%. About: This wine cleverly marries Mediterranean fruit flavours, plump texture with an almost Loire-like freshness. Both creamy and astringent, it could marry with oysters from both Brittany and the Languedoc or with roast chicken or be enjoyed on … Continue reading Les Clos Perdus IGP Côtes Catalanes L’Année Blanc

VDF Luminescence

Appellation: Vin de France Cuvée: Luminescence Colour: White Grapes: Muscat a Petit Grain, Muscat d’Alexandrie, et Macabeu About: FX Dauré’s first, and for now only, white is deliciously light in alcohol at under 11%. Made with skin contact, there’s a gentle astringency and cool freshness. Bottled after just three months. Vines Location: just south of … Continue reading VDF Luminescence

Carol Valles Parellada i Faura Cava Brut Reserva

  Appellation: Cava Cuvée: Parellada i Faura Reserva Brut Nature Colour: Sparkling white Grapes: Parellada 60%, Macabeu 30%, Xarel-lo 10% About: this is a fantastic value Cava. It’s a revelation if you’ve only tasted industrial Cava and shows what quality can be produced when the wine is hand-crafted from organic fruit with a light touch … Continue reading Carol Valles Parellada i Faura Cava Brut Reserva

Carol Valles

Who: Joan and Guillem Carol What: Cava Where: Penedes, Catalonia When: Since 1996 The lovely wines from Carol Valles show how good Cava can be when it’s made with care by a small, family estate dedicated to making just one style of wine, from traditional varieties farmed organically, and aged for 18 months, double the … Continue reading Carol Valles