Mas d’en Gil, 10 years of Estate wines

Mas d'en Gil, the Estate situated in Bellmunt del Priorat, in the south of the DOC PRIORAT area, presents its 10th vintage of red wines: Coma Vella and Clos Fontà of 2007.

Bellmunt del Priorat, October 2010

With the launch of its tenth vintage, Viticultors Mas d’en Gil, the winery run by the fourth generation of the Rovira Carbonell family in the wine business, has established itself as one of the leading DOC PRIORAT wineries in the market. Two limited production red wines that for the past ten years have sought to express the terroir and the complexity of this estate with more than 300 years of history.

On the one hand, the Coma Vella is born of a coupage of Grenache, Cariñena and Syrah from 18 plots on the estate, most of them in LA COMA Valley, one of the four valleys on the estate. This is a red wine whose aim is to welcome those curious to discover the wines of the southern Priorat. It is characterised above all by its good balance between fruit and minerality without too much cask. A wine which, during its ten vintages, has received numerous international prizes and awards. And on the other hand, the Clos Fontà, a wine that represents the Mas d’en Gil terroir, the result of the selection of the best Grenaches and Cariñenas from the best old vines on the estate.

In short, two wines from an exceptional year characterised by a dry end of summer. In the family’s own words “2007 is a vintage people will talk about in the years to come”.

Estate wines, searching for the expression of the land

Mas d’en Gil wines are made only with grapes from this estate with more than 300 years’ history situated in the municipality of Bellmunt del Priorat, where four quite different valleys each define their own particular microclimate: EL SAS, LA COMA, LO GRIÑÓ and L’ESMOLER.

Only a third of the estate’s total area is devoted to wine-growing on 43 plots each with its distinct terroir, grape variety and lie with respect o the sun. The diversity of terroirs on the estate -among which “llicorella”, the slate typical of this area, and “garbinada”, the sea wind blowing in from the south-east, predominate- gives the wines a characteristic aroma of Mediterranean forest and a fresh palate that invite you to continue drinking.

By treating the vines by hand and respecting the wine-growing traditions built up over the four previous generations, the Rovira Carbonell family has opted for observation, the minimum amount of human intervention and the maximum expression of the terroir. On the rest of the estate the olive, almond and hazelnut trees, and the indigenous Mediterranean forest preserve the biodiversity and the Mediterranean essence of the Mas d’en Gil Estate.

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