Lafou Celler is the personal project of Ramon Roqueta whose family owns Abadal in Pla del Bages. It is a blend of Garnacha and Garnacha Peluda (together representing 75% with some vines up to 60-years old), 15% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 300-litre barrels of Hungarian and French oak for 12 months (new, second and third year). It has a defined, liquorice-scented bouquet with faint briny notes emerging with time in the glass. The medium-bodied palate displays fresh blackberry, balsamic, minerals and a touch of red peppercorn. It has a gritty texture but good tension and freshness, the prudent new oak allowing the fruit and terroir to express itself. Drink 2013-2020.
Initial aromas of sweet dried fruit evolve, lead to notes of red fruit with hints of balsamic and oak. Flavors of blackberry, plum and olive are balanced by mineral notes and acidity on the lengthy finish.
Wine Maker Notes
LAFOU DE BATEA has a deep cherry color with a deep, shiny robe. Its aromas begin with sweet notes of dried fruit (raw hazelnuts, dried tomato) and quickly open up to notes of red fruit, driven by balsamic background reminiscent of Kermes oak and undergrowth. It is combination of great freshness, developing notes of black berry, prune and olive, giving it solemn foundation of great depth. In the mouth it corresponds to the forecasts of freshness it proposes in the nose. It finds much vivacity at the initial impact, with good acidity that adequately draws the heart of the wine and gives a balance of freshness and sweetness characteristic of red Grenache. It has a long finish with a very fine bitterness that gives a feeling of drak chocolate which melts with mineral notes of wet stone.
(75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon). The wine aged for 12 months in French (80% new), Central European (10%) and American (10%) oak.