IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Grenache Blanc 2017

The 'Empreinte du Temps' Vin de Pays Catalan is a rich, slightly oxidative, straw-coloured wine with a complex palate with an almost briny quality, of grilled nuts and minerals, and sherry-like undertones prior to a gently warming, long, resonant end note.
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Tasting Notes
One of Bruno and Denis' earliest acquisitions was a parcel of very old vine Grenache Blanc from which they make this wonderfully idiosyncratic wine called 'Empreinte du Temps'. It makes a brilliant foil for a local cuisine rich in olives, anchovies, aubergines and peppers.
About this wine
StyleWhite Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionRoussillon, Vin de Pays Catalan
Grape Variety (Cépage)Grenache Blanc
Food & Wine MatchingOlives, Smoked Fish
CellarageDrinking well now but will age well in the medium term, 2-5 years from vintage.
VinificationLow yields of hand harvested, organically grown (but yet to be certified) grapes from 90+ year-old vines, are fully de-stemmed before being vinified in used oak barrels and vats. The wine is cleared by careful decanting and is bottled during a waning moon when the Tramontane wind arrives in April.
Alcohol By Volume (%)14

Domaine Ferrer-Ribière (Denis Ferrer & Bruno Ribière)

In 1993 Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer Ribière - they have since gained an international reputation for their highly individual handcrafted wines. Denis and Bruno typify a new wave of young Southern French winemakers with low capital investment but exacting production values dedicated to making characterful wines with a true expression of terroir from local grape varieties.


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