Celler Xavier Clua
Terra Alta

Low rainfall, many hours of sunshine and a variety of soils from sandy to calcerous and rocky all contribute to the grapes gown in the Terra Alta: high concentration of polyphonies from low-yielding old vines, combines with good ripening almost every year. This is the reason for the high quality that Xavier Clua produces. The current generation of the Clua family enjoys a priveleged heritage; the quality of their wines is based on the work of previous generations, without which they would be unable to produce these wines. The cellar is a combination of modern technology (stainless-steel vats with temperature controls) and a healthy respect for winemaking tradition (grapes are crushed in a vertical press with wooden staves). All hand-harvested, the wine is made with minimal interference during vinification and filtration. Cella Xavier Clua uses only the first 60% of the juice out of their press for white wines, and the first 70% for reds.

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Mas d'en Pol Blanco 2008 (unoaked white) 750ML

60% Garnatxa Blanca, 20% Chardonnay, 15% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscat. Made from a blend of 10-30 year old vines that sees no oak aging with 18 hours cold maceration. It is a rich white that is full of tropical fruits with hints of dried grass, and herbs. Fairly full bodied with good vibrancy and purity with a bit more of the Sauvignon Blanc coming through that gives the wines its good focus and acidity. Ideally served chilled as an aperitif and with light fare.





Mas d'en Pol Barrica 2005 (oaked white) 750ML
Here Xavier Clua has created a very compelling white wine by aging it in French oak barrels for just 6 months choosing his best grapes and vineyard plots to produce this wine. It offers a great core of refined fruit of bright lemon, layers of exotic aromas of apricot, peaches, the skins of orchard fruits, while on the palate it is fleshy with a pit-like fruit brightness mixed with delicate notes of vanilla and hints of spice. The texture is just lovely with wonderful balance that follows through to the finish.





Sola d'en Pol Negre 2007 (unoaked red) 750ML
40% Garnatxa Negra, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Ull de Llebre, 10% Merlot. Made from a blend of 10-30 year old vines that sees no oak aging and 20 days maceration. “Sola” means sunny side in Catalan. The wines shows very bright red fruit; alluring wild strawberry, currant with delicate spice together with vibrant acidity and freshness. The overall impression is a very clean, and charming wine with a bit more grip and strucutre than the 2006.





Mas d'en Pol Negre 2006 (unoaked red) 750ML
50% Garnatxa Negra, 20% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made from a blend of 10-30 year old vines that sees no oak aging and 20 days maceration. Mas d'en Pol Negre is a rich, unoaked red full of ripe Mediterranean fruit, showing a much darker expression, extract and viscosity than Sola. The sweetness from the Garnacha is at the forefront with lots of black fruits, forest berries, herbs, with a very clean personality that is complimented by the round and sweet tannins. It is quite full bodied for an unoaked wine and will drink very well over the next 2-3 years.





Mas d’En Pol Barrica 2005 (oaked red) 750ML
The wine goes through a short period of aging in French oak barrels together with a minor part in stainless steel tanks. The overall mouth feel is very expressive with good density that is packed with dark fruit flavors with a core of wild berries, fine tannins, a lovely tartness, and mouthwatering acidity. It’s a rich wine but elegant at the same time with good focus. It delivers the essence of Terra Alta. The vineyards for this bottling are located at 450 meters above sea level on a plateau with mixture of soils - calcaire and clay - with much cooler conditions than other vineyards within the region.




Millenium 2005 (oaked red) 750ML
60% Garnatxa Negre, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre & Pinot Noir. This wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (50% new, 50% second year), and in the bottle thereafter until release. The vineyards are north-facing at 500 meters above sea level within a unique microclimate which gives ideal conditions for the grapes. 2005 is a great vintage in Terra Alta; the wine has impeccable color, extraction, very layered with deep color, serious juice. Shows great ripeness with nuances of premium quality nuts, flowers, licorice, blackcurrant all put together in a very refine package. The Syrah makes itself felt - it’s opulent, spicy and with vibrant red fruit. Needs time to develop but has grace written all over it. First Class.


Millenium Dolc 2005 (375ML)
Each year Xavier Clua leaves some of the Garnacha grapes on the vine until mid-November for this late harvest dessert wine. There is only one cluster of grapes per vine and dried on the vine. After fermentation, it spends 10 months in French oak barrels. The result is an explosion of aromas of berries, plum, brine, black olives, figs, notes of flowers and leather yet is has a freshness combined with alluring tartness that follows through to the finish.

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