Highlights: Terroir Sense Fronteres Guix Vermell de Montsant 2019

Terroir Sense Fronteres is the Montsant operation of fabled Priorat producer Terroir Al Limit (which was started by Dominik Huber and Eben Sadie in 2004, and which makes wines in a very elegant style). This is their top wine, and it’s utterly compelling.

Terroir Sense Fronteres Guix Vermell de Montsant 2019 Montsant, Spain
This is from a 4 hectare vineyard called Les Montalts that is at 800 m altitude. It’s just a few hundred metres away from Les Maynes (in Priorat) and it’s planted with 45 year old Garnacha bush vines. Vinification and ageing is in Italian terracotta amphorae, and this is whole-bunch infusion-style maceration. 13% alcohol. This is so finely wrought and elegant, with textured liqueur-like red cherry and berry fruit on the palate, some fine sappy notes, and liqourice and pepper notes. It has good acidity, a red fruit core, and a fine spicy finish with some liveliness. Astonishing elegance, with the sleek fruit hiding some substantial tannic structure. There are layers of finely interleaved flavour here, with amazing complexity despite the smoothness and elegance. Quite profound, with the elegance and complexity and texture of the very finest Burgundy, morphed with the very finest Châteauneuf (think Rayas, or Bonneau). This should have a long life ahead of it. It also has amazing drinkability. 97/100 (UK agent is Armit Wines)

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