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La Basseta

Mas Alta

La Basseta Bottle
Appellation
Priorat
Variety
Garnatxa Negra
Age of Vines
20
Farming
Certified organic (CCPAE)
Soil
Schist, clay-limestone
Altitude
600 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, partially destemmed, fermented in concrete, 30-day maceration
Aging
12 months in new and second-fill French oak barrels, then 4 months in foudres and concrete vats

Overview

La Basseta has at its core young vine Garnatxa planted at 600 meters in elevation in the village of La Vilella Alta that has been supplemented with Syrah or Carineyena over the years. After years of being supplemented, this young vine fruit had gained expressiveness and purity to the point that in 2017 it began to be made without any additional components. Due to the steep elevation of this site, its mix of schist and clay soils, and the increasing age of the vines, the quality and ripeness of the stems are more in sync with the physiological ripeness of the fruit.  Basseta is harvested by hand, fermented by indigenous yeasts with 35% whole clusters in concrete vats followed by aging in 225L French oak barrel, blended then aged in concrete vats and foudres. La Basseta, while showcasing the richness and polish typical of Mas Alta, is the most delicate and floral of the wines from this estate.

Ratings & Reviews

94

2017 La Basseta

Source: WA

97

2016 La Basseta

Source: JD

93

2016 La Basseta

Source: WA

96

2015 La Basseta

Source: JD

93+

2015 La Basseta

Source: WA

97

2014 La Basseta

Source: JD

93

2013 La Basseta

Source: WA

94

2012 La Basseta

Source: WA

92

2011 La Basseta

Source: WA

Catalonia, Spain
  • Location
    Catalonia, Spain
  • Appellation
    Priorat
  • Proprietor
    Michel & Christine Vanhoutte
  • Winemaker
    Damià del Castillo Blaise
  • Size / Elevation
    60 hectares / 100-600 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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