We announce the birth of a new project. Nine friends,
already more or less involved in winemaking, have bonded together to make
wines from amazing old vines in ancient Catalunya.
We are working in a remarkable grape-growing region: Maury in the Roussillon,
midway between Priorat and the northern Rhone and forty miles inland from
Collioure. The vineyards are planted in broken schistand decomposed granite.
The conditions are so harsh that not much else grows in the vineyards;
even weeds are scarce.
The vines were first planted during the Carthaginian invasions of Europe
and have been farmed without cease since then for nearly a hundred generations.
A hundred generations of care and pride have preserved the vineyards impeccably,
but the last generation has seen the market for their grapes disappear.
Our team is bringing the fruit of these priceless vineyards to new markets.
We began making wine here in 2005 and are now ready to release the first
samples of our efforts: We have five single vineyard red wines from 2007
and a single vineyard white also from 2007. The quantities are so miniscule
that our efforts might seem ridiculous-- 20 cases each for four of the
single vineyard reds. But those 20 cases are the sole and complete produce
of these incomparable vineyards for a single year. The wines are good--
very good. What makes us most proud is not that they please, but that
these bottles luminously transports these remarkable ancient vineyards
to our shores, to our tables.
We are just beginning to sell these wines. We will be happy to let
you know when and how you may purchase them.