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Casa Castillo • Las Gravas 2018

Casa Castillo • Las Gravas 2018

29,90 €

(1 l = 39,87 €)
inkl. MwSt., zzgl. Versand
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Beschreibung

Über das Weingut Casa Castillo

Casa Castillo wurde bereits 1870 in der DO Jumilla (Provinz Murica) im heißen Süd-Osten Spaniens als Weingut erbaut. In den Vierziger Jahren des vorigen Jahrhunderts erwarb dann José Sánchez-Cerezo die Bodegas, nur um darauf statt Wein Gewürze, (vor allem Rosmarin) anzubauen. Erst 1985 wurde sich darauf besonnen, die teilweise uralten Reben wieder zu kultivieren. Zwischen den Gewürzpflanzungen erhoben sich knorrige Büsche von Monastrell-Reben, deren Bewirtschaftung auf dem sandigen Boden anfangs unrentabel erschien, die aber enorm konzentrieren Most in kleinen Mengen erzeugten.

José Vicente schließlich erkannte das enorme Potential, das in den uralten Rebstöcken schlummerte, die nie aufgrund des sandigen Bodens nie von der Reblaus-Plage heimgesucht wurden und begann Monastrell, Grenache und Syrah zu kultivieren. Vor allem der Monastrell gelang in einer Qualität, die in gant Spanien seinesgleichen suchte und schon bald erklärte Robert Parker das Weingut Casa Castillo zum besten Weinguts Südost-Spaniens.

Ab da gab es qualitativ kein Halten mehr und vor allem die beiden Einzellagen-Monastrells Pie Franco und Las Gravas zählen zu dem Besten, das der spanische Weinbau inzwischen zu bieten hat.


Über den Wein Las Gravas 2018

Der Las Gravas ist ein fast reinsortiger Monastrell aus teils über 100-jährigen Reben. Früher wurde der Cuvee neben dem Grenache aus Syrah beigemischt, aber der Jahrgang 2018 besteht der Wein nur noch aus 90% Monastrell und 10% Grenache. Er ist ein Monument des spanischen Weinbaus und im September 2020 vergab Parkers Verkoster für spanischen Wein, Luis Gutiérrez, die Weltklasse-Note von:

96/100 Punkte

Der Wortlaut der Lobeshymne lautet:

The 2018 Las Gravas is a blend of 90% Monastrell from limestone gravel soils and 10% Garnacha also planted in the same gravel soils, but it's obviously much younger than the Monastrell. It fermented in underground pools with 25% to 30% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in 5,000-liter oak foudres and 500-liter oak barrels for 16 months. It's an incredibly elegant and delicate Las Gravas, nuanced and with a discrete profile, a little shy at first. The palate is also super elegant and balanced, with refined tannins, a velvety texture and very fine chalky minerality. The north-facing vineyard, the backbone of this wine in a challenging and cooler year, is now 40 years old and has vigor and balance, which has resulted in an incredible wine through a lot of work in the vineyard. This has to be the finest vintage to date, a real triumph over the adverse conditions of the year that transcends the quality of the vintage. They used a lower percentage of Garnacha to avoid too much florality in the blend, and the wine is more serious. It's less explosive than the 2017, but I'd say, more gravelly... Bravo! 34,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2020.


Casa Castillo is the name of a property in the outskirts of Jumilla, a classical Mediterranean estate with different cultivars (almonds, olives, pine trees...) and of course 174 hectares of low-density vines (167 in production) that could very well merit the estate its own appellation of origin. Production averages 315,000 to 330,000 bottles of very high quality wines that I consider the best in the region and among the best in Mediterranean Spain, producing world-class Monastrell, the main variety they grow. All their vineyards have been certified organic since 2019, and they are slowly moving their new plantings toward new plots with higher limestone content and leaving the valley floor, where there's more sand and silt.


I tasted the 2018s, from a continental and cooler vintage that followed the path of 2016, while 2015 and 2017 were textbook Mediterranean years. 2018 saw a short and cool summer with humid weather in mid-August. There was little rain, but the high levels of relative humidity made them work hard in the vineyard, removing the leaves and exposing the clusters to avoid botrytis and favor the ripening of the grapes. It was a very late harvest that started on September 13. José María Vicente described it as a very challenging year, but the result for him is exceptional, fine and more fluid wines with higher acidity that he compares with 2008, wines with such intensity that he had to give them longer élevage. It's a kind of discrete vintage that is going to grow in bottle. There is no Cuvée N in 2018, as the wine is only produced in classical Mediterranean years. 2019, which I'll taste next time, is an atypical vintage that was marked by heavy rains on September 13. He foresees 2020 as a typical Mediterranean year, even if the summer started late and (as of August 10th, when I wrote this) he's waiting for the next two weeks, which are the ones that will make or break the year. It will be an early harvest. There will be some white grapes (Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo) in 2020 to make some trials and perhaps some white wine in 2021. To close the circle and have a full Mediterranean expression of the estate wines, he's contemplating planting some Cariñena...


Drink: 2020 - 2030


Zusätzliche Produktinformationen

Allergen-Hinweis
Enthält Sulfite
Alkoholgehalt
15% vol.
Flaschengröße
0,75 Liter
Rebsorte
Monastrell
Land
Spanien
Anbaugebiet
Jumilla
Abfüller
Erzeugerabfüllung