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Celler de l’Encastell

In 1999 Raimon Castellvi & Carme Figuerola decided to stop selling their grapes to the local cooperative, choosing instead to […]

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Celler de l’Encastell

In 1999 Raimon Castellvi & Carme Figuerola decided to stop selling their grapes to the local cooperative, choosing instead to make and bottle their own wines. With holdings of old-vine Garnacha and Carinyena in the famed Mas d’En Caçador vineyard, it made little sense to have this special terroir blended away, so they dismantled their small home in Porrera and converted it into a modest cellar.

Celler de l’Encastell owns 2.5 hectares in the aforementioned Mas d’En Caçador, a steep vineyard just outside of the town of Porrera. Their vines, roughly equal proportions of Garnacha and Carinyena, range in age from 70 to 100 years old planted on costers and centuries-old terraces hewn from the llicorela soils famous throughout the region.

They own an additional 5 hectares nearby, at Mas d’En Ferran and planted with younger vines of Garnacha, Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot and Els Abres which is 1.2 hectares of Carinyena and Merlot that were planted in 2008. With these three terroirs they produce about 2,000 cases of wine each vintage. The Marge is made from the younger fruit at the estate (both Mas d’En Ferran and Els Abres) which is aged in a combination of French and American oak. The Roquers de Porrera has at its core the old vine fruit from Mas d’En Caçador with a small addition of fruit from Mas d’En Ferran. It is aged entirely in French oak.

Their small cellar is located in the village of Porrera and is built into the side of a hill so that grapes can be received on the top floor where the wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks, fermentation bins and oak vats. Once fermentation is complete the wine flows by gravity into the barrel room below where it is aged in 225-400L French and American oak barrels.

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“Powerful expression of Priorat.”

– Jay Miller
Catalonia, Spain
  • Location
    Catalonia, Spain
  • Primary Appellation
    Priorat
  • Proprietor
    Raimon Castellví & Carmen Figuerola
  • Winemaker
    Raimon Castellví & Carmen Figuerola
  • Size / Elevation
    8.7 hectares / 350-550 meters
  • Age of Vines
    10-100+ years
  • Farming
    Sustainable
  • Varieties
    Garnatxa, Carinyena, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
  • Cellar
    Hand harvested, fermentation in tank, bin, or vat, aging in French and American oak barrels - new through 5th fill
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections
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