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XAREL-LO - 2018
Clos Lentiscus is a father-daughter operation situated in Sant Pere de Ribes, in the Garraf Mountains just inland from the Catalan coast. Here, at 225m altitude, sitting on a calcareous mass and shallow soils rich in old marine fossils, Manel and Nuría make sparkling wines solely with indigenous yeasts, of the quality we’d associate with a grower champagne.
Winemaking first began on the estate in the 14th century, when the first stones of the Can Ramón farmhouse were laid alongside the old Roman road. Of the 65 hectares here, 22 are under vine – Xarel-lo, Malvasia de Sitges, Samso, Xarelo-Vermell; Sumol, Ul de Llebre and old vine Carignan. The remainder is Mediterranean forest: carobs, palms, holm oak and the mastic trees that give their name (Lentiscus) to the property.