Alemany i Corrio

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Alemany is situated in the little town of Vilafranca del Penedes in Cataluña, where Irene and Laurent are challenging the traditional perception of DO Penedes wine. Converting their vineyards from the typical Penedes high yields and abandoning all forms of chemical treatment and fertilizers, they follow basic organic practices. Much of the construction and equipping of their cellar was modest and homemade, including building their own tanks. Production remains small, yet as they identify further small vineyard sites their range has extended to include distinctive wines from the indigenous varietal Xarel-lo, which they choose to do extended fermentation with, using indigenous yeast and it is then left on its lees to increase the richness and compexity. Practicing sustainable agriculture and eschewing the use of any non-organic products in their vineyards they work to achieve balance between the plants and the soil. Canopy management to reduce yields and achieve phenolic ripeness. They created a simple cellar in an old unit on the industrial side of Vilafranca, just behind the Torres installation (where Laurent moonlighted working on the bottling line for a while). They are basic and organic which means you have to build your own tanks – they did – and although they rely on skills of coopers in Burgundy for their barrels much of the construction and equipping of their cellar has been “home made”.

19.91£

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.

53.31£

Aromas of smoky oak, blackcurrant and cherry with a hint of herbs. Dry with soft acidity. Dense but concentrated, with blackcurrant and cherry alongside the integrated toasty oak. Wonderfully deep with hints of dark chocolate and minerals. Very long with a touch of camphor-like herbs in the finish.

19.03£

A Bordeaux-esque wine jam packed full of black fruits with fine soft tannins. Intense, moreish with crunchy fruit.

23.67£

Lovely aromas of white flowers, white fruit, citrus, hints of smoke and elegant mineral undertones. On the palate, notes of apples, pears, smoke, dry flowers and vanilla combine with some salty touches and mineral remembrances. Long, salty finish.

45.80£

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.