£342.63/ btl 0.75 L
Details for Les Aubaguetes 2018
Bottle size and vintage
The 2015 harvest has been one of Álvaro Palacios' most productive in the Priorat. Occasional snowfall in winter, not too much rain and some high temperatures, the highest since records began in that area.
The year started off with some autumnal showers which carried on until well into the beginning of November, and after that a mild winter, with clement temperatures. It wasn't until February that temperatures registered a substantial drop, with a minimum low of -4,7º C, and snowfall left a 10 cm layer on the Priorat's vines, a most welcome protective blanket that kept the plants warm during their winter rest-time and helped the wines that resulted to have a special charm and loveliness.
March's arrival was also one of rainfall and humidity. Budding took place at the end of the month, and after a dry April, the hot days in May brought flowering. June was changeable, with rain and even some hail in l'Ermita which damaged a tenth of the berries. Then, a heatwave with temperatures reaching up to 42 ºC at the beginning of July. Occasional showers at the end of that month gave way to a dry, hot August, with some rain falling in the last few days and in September.
This rain at the end of summer made us worry about the appearance of botrytis and generally caused feelings of nervousness and impatience, but with the arrival of stability in the last part of September, the grapes could carry on maturing in an excellent state of health. The harvest lasted from the middle of September until November 1st in a healthy atmosphere, with cool nights and bright days, and dry air.
A crop that has produced wines that are silky and long, fluid and unctuous on the palate, of a pinker colour than usual and with an intense juiciness. Wines full of lively energy and magical charm. There'll only be a short time to wait before being able to give a better assessment of this vintage, with the wines' acidity a little perturbing at the moment.
Álvaro Palacios came to the Priorat, to the town of Gratallops to be precise, following the lead of a group of local producers fully intending to pass on through their wines all the character of this land, full of its own brightness, with the shining Mediterranean sun, the gleaming slate in rocky crags, and brightly-coloured fennel in the olive groves. This is mystic, spiritual country tracing back its past to the Carthusian monks, who worked at cultivating vines for more th...