2002 L'Ermita, Alvaro Palacios - Priorat - 1 Fles (0.75L)

2002 L'Ermita, Alvaro Palacios - Priorat - 1 Fles (0.75L)
Rode wijn - Spanje - 96/100 points, Robert Parker

This delightful vineyard is a natural amphitheatre made up of four hectares of vines with a north-east aspect. Only 1.45 hectares of the oldest vines, which date from 1939, go to make up L’Ermita, which is seen as one of the very best wines in Spain. Tasting the 2002 it is easy to understand why this is the case, such is its energy, complexity and class. Notes of blood orange and soft red fruit on the nose give way to a wonderfully balanced palate, with fine linear acidity underpinning a broad and muscular structure.

Alvaro Palacios is a little dismissive of the Romans, who had Taragona as their Catalonian headquarters, because they only planted grapes on the flattest and easiest terrain. The Carthusian monks, on the other hand, knew a thing or two about terroir and the terraced vineyards which they established in the 12thcentury around the small town of Gratallops still make up the heart of the Priorat Denominacion. Alvaro is eloquent and passionate about the heritage of his vines; monastic mysticism finds preternatural expression in the extraordinarily intense light here, a reward for a location 10 km away from the Mediterranean and over 4000 hours of sunshine a year. The vineyards are steep and marked by the distinctive licorelle slate soil, the result of ancient tectonic compression of clay-based igneous rock.

Gemengd kavel
Rode wijn
Producent, wijnnaam
L'Ermita, Alvaro Palacios
Aantal flessen
Fles (0.75L)
Conditie label
Volledig intact, leesbaar etiket
Conditie capsule/kurk
Volledig intact metalen capsule
Criticus Score
96/100 points, Robert Parker
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