Xarello - Principia Mathematica - Alemany I Corrió - Péneles - Spain
Alemany & Corrio
This wonderful, unusual wine, made from the rarely seen outside Cava Xarel-O grape has a crisp white fruit and apricot nose with a light nutty element and a Meursault-esque butteriness. The aromas open up and become richer but still perfectly balanced. Dry, soft but fresh acidity. A lovely depth of mineral laced, grassy white fruit with hints of apricot and nuts. This wine will most definitely be delicious with seafood but it’s a far more versatile wine than that and would work with grilled pork sausage or even flame roasted lamb chops finished with a sprinkling with fresh rosemary. 12.5% ABV
Irene Alemany, a Catalan, and Laurent Corrio, a Breton, met while travelling the world on various winemaking excursions, first in Burgundy and next in California. Returning to Cataluña to her home town Vilafranca del Penedes, Irene was fortunate enough to have a father who owned some vineyards but so little interest in cultivating them that he handed them over to these two wandering oenologists.
Practicing what they thought they had learned on their travels they began their work on converting these vineyards from the typical Penedes high yields to something very different. Abandoning all forms of chemical treatment and fertilizers, applying a fierce green harvest they rapidly reduced the yields and made their first wine, Sot Lefriec in 1999.
Production remains small and practicing sustainable agriculture and eschewing the use of any non-organic products in their vineyards they work to achieve a proper balance between the plants and the soil.