A field blend of red and white grapes (Escursac, Callet, Callet Negrella, Esperó de Gall, Gorgollassa and Mantonegro) from Cati's own finca Son Llebre vineyard grown on Cal Vermell (the local iron-rich clay-calcareous) soils. This cuvee owes its existence to a severe storm near the end of harvest in 2020. The aftermath of strewn vines and broken branches reminded one of Cati and Charlie’s friends of Cambuix – Mallorquin for bedhead – when they went out to harvest the remaining grapes. The grapes were destemmed and pressed (without skin contact) into stainless steel tanks to ferment, then rested in a mix of stainless steel and 500L used French oak barrels after fermentation. Bottled after 5 months, without any added sulfur (at any moment in the process), stabilization or filtration.
The culture at Cati’s well-ordered and immaculate bodega is vibrant and inspiring, as she and Charlie and Eloi and Jaume experiment with newly revived grape varieties, natural fermentation methods, and novel vessels. They share vineyards and grapes, and work in distinct ways in the cellar while simultaneously embracing their collaborative environment and combined knowledge and perspective. While Cati’s finished wines are mostly blends of grapes from multiple parcels, she ferments these separately, hoping to bring out the character of each site and each variety. And there’s new ideas and dreams for the future, including collaborative experiments involving different techniques, like carbonic maceration, cofermentations of red and white grapes, and a novel approach to crafting methode ancestrale sparkling wines. It all lends the space an incredible sense of possibility: Cati’s bodega is a collaborative workshop, the home base of four hardworking, innovative winemakers and farmers and the wellspring from which come some of the most exciting wines being made in Spain today – all hail the Queen of Escursac!
Katie and Denny
Your friendly neighborhood wine shop, focused on small production, organic and biodynamic, natural wines. Connect with us on Instagram for suggestions on your next bottle and to follow along in our downtown Lafayette wine journey.
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210 E. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
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