Blanc de Blancs

2018

Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine marked by the typicity of its place of origin, the Vinya del Llac, a vineyard over 40 years’ old, which allows us to obtain a structured, fresh and complex sparkling wine.
Blanc de Blancs

Three native white grape varieties


The Vinya del Llac is a vineyard that faces north. The clay soils release water slowly throughout the vegetative cycle and, deep beneath the surface, we find calcareous bedrock with incrusted pebbles, which limit the water reserve, giving the grapes in this flagship plot more structure. The influence of the lake in this symbolic vineyard moderates the climatic conditions, avoids heatwaves and favours long ripening. It is a Blanc de Blancs due to its three native white grape varieties: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada.

 

The great novelty this year is the incorporation of the Malvasia de Sitges in the Blanc de Blancs blend.

The Malvasia de Sitges is a variety that has almost disappeared and which we have recovered from our estate. With 1.5 Ha in our La Plana vineyard. Thus, in order to continue innovating with our sparkling wines, we decided to incorporate the Malvasia de Sitges to the Blanc de Blancs, a variety that is complicated in viticulture but a jewel in winemaking, since it has a very high natural acidity, thus, it acts as a natural acidifying, it also gives us volume, it has good ripening and is intensely and aromatically complex.

 

We present a Blanc de Blancs with 5% Malvasia from Sitges, and the rest with the traditional native varieties; Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada.

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2018 harvest


Rainy and wet vintage. A harvest of medium production, with good sugar and acidity balances.

 

The 2018 vintage began with a drier and colder autumn than usual. With the arrival of winter, the rain also came. During the winter months, it rained 216 mm (the average of the last 25 years is less than 100 mm). Due to this cold period, the sprouting was late.

Spring continued to be very rainy; it rained 212 mm, which caused the recovery of the plant, a good vegetative growth and an abundance of fungi, especially mildew. Precisely at the time of flowering, the most sensitive period for mildew and oidium, it rained every day. Working with phytotherapy, biological control and very low doses of copper we managed to control the fungi.

In August, we had the highest historical temperatures on the estate, reaching 40 °C on 4 August, which caused the cycle to advance a day or so. During the harvest the temperature was rather cool, and we had four days of rain. We made a very rigorous selection of grapes in the vineyard.

During the whole agricultural year, it rained 654.9 mm (the average over the last 20 years is 517.8 mm and the average of the last three years of drought is 387.8 mm). The average temperature was 15.2 °C, similar to the average of the last 20 years.

 

A harvest of quality. Concentrated, round and good acidity wines.

Interactive map of
Blanc de Blancs
2018


Xarel·loHarvested after 30 of August. Goblet and Espalier-trained vines between 1974 and 1990.
Macabeu

Harvested after 10th of August. Goblet and Espalier-trained vines between 1982 and 2000.

ParelladaHarvested after 19 of August. Goblet-trained vines between 1969 and 1989.

Xarel·lo

Native variety that is planted on 50% of the entire estate. It is the first to bud, has the longest cycle of all our varieties, and at the harvest has the best sugar-acidity-intensity balance. It is our seal of identity, the variety that allows the long ageing of our sparkling wines, due to its good agricultural performance and its aromatic and taste potential.

Macabeu

Delicate, very versatile variety that needs extremely precise winegrowing in order to achieve the best expression. With a short cycle, it is the first variety to be harvested on the estate. Depending on its location on the estate, this same variety can produce two totally different expressions due to the orientation, the soil and the plant material.

Parellada

Moderately vigorous, rustic but at the same time sensitive to rain during the ripening period. The white harvest always ends with this variety. Native variety well-adapted to the high parts of the Penedès. The Parellada on our estate gives a touch of delicacy to our sparkling wines.

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