Last time I was lucky enough to get my hands on a six pack of this gorgeous, minerally laden wine it was the 2013 vintage and I kept it all for myself.
Back in the very early 2000s, Raül Bobet (Ferrer-Bobet – Priorat) rediscovered this ancient property and its history of viticulture when he was in the Pyrenees searching for cool clime locations to combat global warming.
An interesting take on the classic Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the Taleia from Bobet’s Encus project in the far reaches of the Costers del Segre is not an imitation of Graves. First of all one look at the stunning vistas from his vineyard at 3800 feet above sea level dispels any notion of the gentle, bucolic and gravelly landscape of Bordeaux. Rather, the chalky-limestone soils that Raül chose to plant his Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are more similar to Sancerre than Graves. The wine is fermented in a combination of new French oak, tanks and hand carved, stone lagars from granite outcroppings with indigenous yeasts. The resulting wine is relentless with a verve of minerality, great complexity, depth and richness on the palate. Extremely age worthy, but over delivers now! This price is a give away as the wine should be priced at $40+ a bottle! We got 5 six packs.