Complex Penedès white, with stellar critics scores. Delicious.
Irene Alemany, a Catalan, and Laurent Corrio, a Breton, met while travelling the world on various winemaking explorations, first in Burgundy and next in California. Returning to Cataluña to her home town Vilafranca del Penedes, Irene was fortunate enough to have a father who owned some vineyards but so little interest in cultivating them that he handed them over to these two wandering oenologists. Practicing what they thought they had learned on their travels they began their work on converting these vineyards from the typical Penedes high yields to something very different. Abandoning all forms of chemical treatment and fertilizers, applying a fierce green harvest they rapidly reduced the yields to around 2500 tons per hectare and made their first wine, Sot Lefriec in 1999.
Tasting Note: Crisp white fruit and apricot nose with a light nutty element and a Meursault-esque butteriness. The aromas open up and become richer but still perfectly balanced. Dry, soft but fresh acidity. A lovely depth of mineral laced, grassy white fruit with hints of apricot and nuts.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2015)
Robert Parker 93 Points