"Costador, run by Joan Franquet, works only using organic and biodynamic practices on a singular mountain where there are very old vineyards...the majority of them between 60 to 110 years, spanning different 'terroirs' (slate, clay, and limestone) and at altitudes between 400 to 800 meters. With the high contrast of temperatures the grapes can mature for long periods allowing the preservation of freshness and acidity. The temperatures are always controlled throughout the entire process, from the moment the grapes are picked to fermentation and aging. Joan Franquet strives to preserve the authentic flavor and taste of the varietals and so only uses wild and autochthonous yeasts for fermentation. The major part of the fermentation is done in amphora or stainless steel tanks, along with used French and acacia oak barrels. Aging is completed in amphorae and used oak as well. Joan Franquet allows a genuine wine to develop from its place of origin. The estate works with autochthonous Catalan varieties of grape: Reds - Grenache, Carignan, Sumoll Negre, and Trepat. Whites - Macabeu, Xarel-lo, Sumoll Ianc, Parellada, and Grenache Blanc. The estate strictly holds to organic and biodynamic practices from vineyard to aging." - Savio Soares Selections
The Chenin Blanc is from..."62 year old vines planted on 2.5 hectares of calcareous clay soils that are farmed completely organically. The grapes were hand-harvested at the end of September with intensive fruit sorting in the vineyard and de-stemmed. Maceration lasts one week, followed by fermentation in clay amphorae with indigenous yeasts that lasts 3-4 weeks under temperature control. The wine rests on lees for 5-6 months in used French oak barrels (228L, 500L & 600L), with battonage using a combination of traditional and inert gas once a day during the first month and then multiple times per week with traditional battonage and once a week with inert gas to protect the wine. During the last month the barrels are topped off and allowed to rest. No aging in barrel takes place. Not Filtered." - Savio Soares Selections
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