Buil & Giné 2015 Montsant ’17-XI’
17-XI means November 17th which is Saint Gregory celebration day. There is a beautiful chapel cave, under natural rock in Falset, Priorat, named Saint Gregory where growers go during harvest. He wanted to name the wine Saint Gregory, so he used the date.
It could be said that Montsant is to Priorato what Crozes is to Hermitage, except that it lacks nothing in the way of spectacular landscape. The main distinguishing feature actually is the soil, which is not licorella. Endowed with the kind of richness derived from old vines (maximum age 45 years) this beauty sings of stone fruits and a distinctive minerality.
Alcohol by Volume
Annual cases produced
40% Red Garnacha, 40% Cariñena, and 20% Tempranillo
Temperature controlled, long maceration
Aging duration (months)
Vine age (years)
Vinous – “Youthful, violet color. Assertive, mineral- and spice-accented cherry and black raspberry on the pungent nose, along with hints of succulent herbs and flowers. Offers concentrated bitter cherry and red berry flavors that are sweetened by hints of cola and vanilla that build in the background. Shows very good depth as well as energy and finishes long and mineral, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and final grip.” (91 Pts)
International Wine Report – “… The wine begins with earthy aromatics of dried sage, wet stone, bulls blood, black cherry compote, and peat moss. There are ripe flavors of black tea, black truffle, black raspberry liquor, and hints of crushed mint. Layered and polished, this wine will cellar well into the next decade, and potentially more.” (91 Pts)