A blend made up predominantly of old vine Carignan and Grenache, with some Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and a dash of Merlot, aged in 3-4-year-old French oak barriques, bottled after 20 months. Amazingly complex for a wine at this level and surely one of the great value Priorat wines. Inky and focussed with a brushed velvet texture, plum, cassis, fresh bread, the merest hint of Cabernet character; opulent, a touch of hedonism, but in no way tiring. Extremely good; entry level or not, this is a wine with great soul.
An estate based in Porrera, Priorato, established in the 1990s by famous Catlalan singer Lluis Lach, Vall Llach has been making waves in in the world of wine and has no doubt been partly responsible for the great enthusiasm that currently surrounds Priorat wine. Old vines Carinena is the key here (60-90 years old) together with natural, attentive wine-growing. Three wines are made Embruix, into which some of the younger fruit goes, Idus and Vall Llach both of which are old vine cuvees aged in new french oak. These are hedonists' wines, exhibiting glorious, voluptuous fruit.
Having seen a total revolution in the past twenty years Priorat now makes some of the worlds finest grenache based wines, making use of a particular slate and quartz soil type known locally as llicorella. And some incredibly old vines. Single vineyard sites have been identified, winemaking techniques have undergone a revolution and Priorat can now justly identify itself as one of the world's most exciting wine making appellations.