Francesc Sanchez Bas, Cellers De La Cartoixa Montsalvat (2010)
Geography: Catalonia, Spain
Winery Overview Francesc Sanchez Bas is an agricultural engineer who certifies organic viticultural practices for the Spanish government and teaches agriculture at the University of Tarragona. He owns the vineyards that formerly supplied old-vine grapes to the winery Fra Fulco. In 1996, he built a small winery in the cellar of his house in the village of La Vilella Alta and began producing his own wine with the help of talented winemaker Roser Amorós. Today, his wines express the depth and concentration of the Priorato’s Garnacha and Cariñena. Location of Vineyard Francesc Sanchez Bas’s vineyards are located near the village of La Vilella Alta, in DOCa Priorato. Winemaking Philosophy Francesc Sanches Bas wines are memorable expressions of the DOCa’s unique terroir, marked by its speckled, granitic llicorella soil. Matured in French barriques, the wines show the depth and concentration typical of Priorato’s unforgiving, low-yielding soil. Roser Amorós Soler was born in Barberà de la Conca in the Catalan province of Tarragona in northeastern Spain. She graduated from the School of Enology in Tarragona in 1992. Since 2001, she has acted as an independent oenology consultant to a number of Spanish wineries operating in a wide range of DOs. They include Vega del Castillo (Navarra); Tierras del Guijarral (Ribera del Duero); Masia Freixe (Penedes); Mas de les Vinyes (Montsant); Celler Folch (Montsant); and Celler Ardevol (Priorat). She has served as a consultant to Celler de la Cartoixa de Montsalvat (maker of Francesc Sanchez Bas wines) since 2004. In 2005, she received official certification as a professional oenologist from the Catalan Institute of Vine and Wine.
Intense garnet in color. Monsalvat has a potent and concentrated bouquet of red fruits. Ripe flavors of wild blackberries are backed by a long, mineral finish.