Oriol Artigas, Alella “Beier” 6 Bottle Case 75cl

Equivalent Bottle Price £25.49

Oriol Artigas, together with Pepe and Pilar under the Bardissots label, bottles the only 100% Beier wine in the world, from the only vineyard of the variety that is left anywhere. Well, the older gentleman who owns the vineyard also makes some wine from it, for his own personal consumption - but other than that, this is it. Beier means bee-house, and the history of the grape is likely intertwined with beekeeping. The grapes are hand harvested, fermented whole-cluster, then left on the skins for about 14 days, before resting in stainless steel. The 2019 vintage suited Beier very well: the nose is delicate red and purple flowers, cherries and raspberries with a hint of green fennel, and the palate follows with raspberry, cherry, and pomegranate framed with delicate tannins and granitic minerality. 

Located 15 kilometres north Barcelona, with just 220 hectares Alella is one of Spains smallest and oldest DO’s. The proximity to the Mediterranean, granite soils called Sauló, and a plethora of native vines has inspired a few growers to protect this area from extinction. There is no doubt that the quiet revolutionary Oriol Artigas is at the forefront of this movement. Oriol started making wine to enjoy with friends, but started his project with the 2011 vintage. His overarching philosophy is to “cultivate the vineyards in the most natural and least interventionist way possible, in order to let the grapes express with intensity the soil from which they come from.” He has 7.5 hectares of vineyards, with the majority being planted en vaso, which are very old, and located around his hometown Vilassar de Dalt.

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