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TERROIR SENSE FRONTERES | MONTSANT

Guix Vermell Negre 2018

Terroir Sense Fronteres began as a quest to harness the unique minerality and soul of Montsant and give liquid voice to the restraint and freshness of the complex hills surrounding Priorat. And Guix Vermell is the wine that started it all. Els Montalts is a tiny 4-hectare vineyard that sits at a dizzying 800 m of elevation. Located only a few hundred meters away from Les Manyes, and the first vineyard as one crosses from Priorat into Montsant, the vineyard’s name features the local terms for its red clay and gypsum soils. The 45-year-old Garnacha vines that thrive there show an unparalleled beauty and elegant finesse. Vinification and aging occur in Italian terracotta amphoras, maintaining a consistent and natural connection with the clay from vine to bottle. Amphora maceration lasts 7 - 8 days, lending subtle oxidative touches to the wine, along with a signature minerality. After fermentation, the wines are further aged in the same amphorae for up to 6 months to ultimately reveal an unparalleled expression of the Montsant terroir.

The refined beauty of this dry red is less taste than experience. A wild ride of tension, depth and complexity. The lithe aromas and flavors move like a dancer across the nose and palate from deep red and blue fruit to stone to spice with a consistent velvety texture. Yet that seems almost secondary to the nearly transcendental balance and inner quiet. The wine grew from respect for the land and the culture. It belongs to a place and a time, and as such is a true mirror for the power, mystery and beauty of its region. 
Location Els Montalts
Age 40 years old
Altitude 800 meters
Varieties 100% Grenache noir
Soils red clay with the gypsum layers
Production 1,200 bottles (in 2018)
Yield 2,000 kg per hectare
Alcohol 13,5%
Location Els Montalts
Age 40 years old
Altitude 800 meters
Varieties 100% Grenache noir
Soils red clay with the gypsum layers
Production 1,200 bottles (in 2018)
Yield 2,000 kg per hectare
Alcohol 13,5%
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After fermentation, the wines are aged also in amphora for a period of 6 months. The result is a very powerful yet elegant expression of the Montsant terroir.
Reviewed by Luis Gutiérrez | The Wine Advocat

The Guix Vermell (Montalts) vineyard, planted with Garnacha some 60 years ago, is located at the top of the Montsant vineyard after the Mas Deu part of Priorat once you cross the border into Montsant. So, the grapes that go into the 2017 Guix Vermell were sourced from basically the same terroir as Les Manyes from Priorat, which is why this wine can have so much in common with the Les Manyes bottling from Terroir al Limit.

The full clusters fermented in amphorae for about one week to ten days, then they were pressed and put back in the amphorae, where the wine was kept until bottling. This is the more powerful and energy-loaded red here, a little more Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Proprietor Dominik Huber told me he does not want to offer the same quality as Les Manyes at a cheaper price, so he set the same price for it. I do not get the same complexity and depth I get from Les Manyes here (and I also previewed the components of the hypothetical Les Manyes the same day I sampled this), even if it’s very elegant, fine and long, with a refined palate and a velvety texture. It’s lively and vibrant, without the earthy character I get from many amphora wines. It’s a pure expression of Garnacha on red clay and limestone soils at high altitude, in a cool part of the appellation. The wine felt relaxed and harmonious. The flavors have great purity and definition, and the wine is very long.

A very impressive debut. They expect to fill some 1,000 bottles in March 2018, but the wine won’t be released until after one year in bottle.

Available in May 2019