Cargol Treu Vi, Allemany I Corrio, Penedes, Spain 2014

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Cargol Treu Vi, Allemany I Corrio, Penedes, Spain 2014

17.95

Although we like the faux naïf label depicting a Spanish nursery rhyme, it has raised a few eyebrows among Vin Cognito customers, but, as the lovestruck George Emerson says in 'A Room With A View':  "I don't care what I see outside. My vision is within! Here is where the birds sing! Here is where the sky is blue!"

We must be hopeless romantics too, because we have fallen head over heels for this bottle's inner being. It is one of the most exciting white wines on our list, bringing together the playful frivolity of an artisan wine with the serious and stylish precision of an ultra-premium white. Technically-speaking, it's a wild-yeast, old-vine, barrel-fermented Xarello from a high altitude, fossil-rich vineyard in Penedes, but the data can't express its identity, so try a bottle and revel in its mineral-inflected charms, its idiosyncratic notes of burnt apple, hay, chopped peaches and ground almonds, but beware! You will fall in love with it, you will write poetry for it and you will make it a mixed cassette tape (we're showing our age now).

Cherish the time you spend in its company, because it is precious. We only have 60 bottles and once it's gone you will have nothing left but beautiful memories and some pretty embarrassing poems.

Jancis Robinson.com: "70-year-old vines planted in chalky soils. Wild-yeast fermentation in 300-litre barrels. The wine has a very international approach showing an open nose of fennel, ripe apples and a touch of acceptable VA (volatile acidity). Very soft palate with moderate acidity and elegant bitter finish. The wine is pleasant on the front palate but not particularly long. Very bold bet from this outstanding producer."

The Wine Advocate on the 2013 vintage (the 2014 has yet to be reviewed): "The Burgundian 2013 Cargol Treu Vi is pure Xarello from an old vineyard with pure chalk soils on top of the Garraf. This 70-year-old vineyard includes 0.7 hectares from where they get 2,000 kilos of grapes. The full clusters are pressed in a vertical press allowing some skin contact as the pressing is quite slow. The analytical data is similar to the Principia Mathematica. The must fermented in 300-liter oak barrels with indigenous yeasts. There are more balsamic (hinting on mint), lees and smoky aromas (even though the toasting in the barrels is quite low) since the wine matured for around one year in barrels on the lees without bâttonage. The palate has electric acidity, almost citrusy, and the texture is quite sharp while at the same time feeling powerful and showing good depth and stuffing. This is very showy and fresh, and ends with a chalky, almost saline minerality. Again, this could very well be their best whites to date. The whites show a lot less oak than in the early vintages. Very good value. It will grow in bottle. Some 1,200 bottles produced.” 94 points

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