In 2009 the flagship wine, Vall Llach, is a blend of 80% Carignan from 110-year-old vines and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It comes from a single vineyard plot which in 2009 required seven vines to produce enough grapes for one bottle! Unsurprisingly only 5000 bottles have been produced. An extraordinary cuvée. On the nose the old vine Carignan comes across in wave after wave of pure, detailed, very small dark berry fruit, a slick of slate minerals, flowers and incense. Complex minerals flood the palate, surrounding a deep fruit core; ripe and most importantly, perfectly balanced, mulberry fruit, fine dark chocolate, blueberry and slate. All this wrapped up in a lacy yet powerful tannic framework; powerful, long and refined. A showstopper.
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.