Terroir at the Limit - TERRA DE CUQUES NEGRE

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Authentic terroir of Priorat.

Terroir is more than the sum of altitude, soil and fruit. It is also a prism to focus skill and intention. A beautiful blend of local grape varieties, Terra de Cuques Negre captures the complex soul of the Torroja terroir. The Carignan grown in Llicorella determines the structure, backbone and acidity, while the Grenache, born in Clay, gives the elegant expression of red fruits. The organically cultivated vines are between 25 and 40 years old and grow at an altitude of 300 to 400 metres. The fruit is harvested by hand, whole bunches are fermented and then left more or less alone before being transferred to fuder and cement for 14 months.

True to its origin and signature, Terra de Cuques enchants with its warm and supple nature. Rich black and red fruits are reminiscent of the many hours of sunshine. But a cooling wind also pervades the wine, as does a fine, persistent acidity and a fresh herbal essence. Wonderfully juicy, balanced and expressive, an unpretentious wine that simply tells the fluid story of a place and a people and a time.

Grape Varieties : 50% Carignan (Cariñena) and 50% Grenache
Vintage: 2018
Growing area: Spain - Priory
Analytical Profile: Alcohol: 14.0% vol. ; Residual sugar: 1.00 g/l ; Acid: 5.10 g/l
Eye: Deep dark ruby ​​red with violet luster.
Nose: Blackberries, cassis and elderberries on the nose. Subtle spice, reminiscent of the stony terroir of the region and aromatic oak. Liquorice rounds off the start.
Taste: Nuances of spicy forest fruit compote. Noble wood spice, liquorice and a hint of currant. The round and velvety tannin brings grip to the tongue - result: a breathtakingly long aftertaste.

25 to 40 year old vines.

The small plots are 400m above sea level - hand picking and biodynamic expansion are the recipe for success.

In the wine cellar, the Terroir al Límit Terra de Cuques ferments slowly. Dominik Huber matures it in oak wood for 18 months. In the end, the wine is balanced, with great aging potential and the authentic Priorat terroir.

drinking temperature: 16°C - 18°C
Taste: dry

Duck breast with rosemary potatoes, roast goose with chestnuts and spicy rice and bean stew.

BUT: also a dream solo!

shelf life: 2024 - 2036
Allergens: contains sulphites
93 points - James Suckling
92+ points - Parker

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