The next wine is the very first single parcel cru that Raúl had made, starting in 2003. It is made from a minuscule .2 hectare plot of 100+ year old vines at the upper portion of the Cova de la Raposa site, with sandy soils and full southern exposure; it has ridiculously low yields, often just two bunches per vine. It is always the first wine to be picked due to its earlier maturity. 100% whole cluster, macerated for some 60 days in large 5000L foudres, then moved to neutral barrel for the remainder of its élevage. I have always thought of this wine sexy sexy meets finessed due to its sandy soils meet solar southern exposure. Based on Luis’ review, sounds exciting……these crus sure will be fun to compare, and in all likelihood, different folks will prefer different sites…..!!!
“The south-facing and sunny 2019 Valtuille La Cova de la Raposa is always the first plot to be harvested, and the wine has a juicier and riper personality. This has more concentration and more tannin and is not as expressive on the nose as the 2018; it feels a bit more serious and backward and should repay some extra time in bottle. 1,100 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2021, after one year in two 500-liter oak barrels.” 93+ Luis Gutierrez