PerSe La Craie Gualtallary 2018

Description

The most elegant of the PerSe's wines, a little closed at first, but with time revealing earth, violets, wet chalk, and some spice. Complex in the mouth with a fine thread of acidity, distinctive minerality, massive length and persistence.

 

100 Parker Points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate



" The 2018 La Craie is a co-fermentation of Malbec and Cabernet Franc. I tasted this wine from barrel some 16 months ago, and it was already very promising. And all those promises (and more!) made it into the bottle while at the same time doubling the quantity of wine produced. It combines power and elegance in a rare balance—intense, deep, powerful and fresh, somewhat ethereal but with weight, very pure aromas, including wet limestone, from the shallower soils and richer in calcium carbonate, sensations that are found on the nose and also on the palate. There is precision, delineation, purity and symmetry here. All of the wines ferment without stems, yet the wine has a gobsmacking sense of freshness. The texture of the tannins is ultra-fine, chalky but almost powdery, finer than those from Iubileus but with grip, not as gentle as those from Inseparable and also more profound than the Uní. Perfect ripeness, perfect balance, perfect extraction, perfect élevage... complex, nuanced and layered. As it happens in wines like this, I only wish I had a magnum rather than a bottle. Bravo! 1,608 bottles were filled in October 2019."

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