James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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El Enemigo 'Gran Enemigo' Gualtallary Vineyard 2019

Product description

100 points from Robert Parker and James Suckling! And now that we've got your attention, it's time to introduce Gran Enemigo.

First of all, we are talking about a premium and iconic wine that every collector who respects himself has already bought and stored in his cellar. We have managed to secure a few bottles for you.

The union of the forces of Adrianna Catena, daughter of Nicolas Catena and Alejandro Vigil, former chief winemaker of the Catena Zapata Winery, created a small wine miracle, a great wine of grand emotions from Cabernet Franc, with a small percentage of Malbec. To achieve the perfect maturity and the desired complexity, the harvest takes place in 4 different phases. Cabernet Franc ferments in French oak barrels of 2nd and 3rd use and then matures in foudres (large oak casks) for seven months. This wine was created as a tribute to the old style of Pomerol, where Cabernet Franc was often blended with other Bordeaux varieties, and the result is simply breathtaking. Unbelievable concentration, sharp acidity, exuberant tannins, and all in perfect balance (oh yes, so good!).

Finally, we must tell you that Gran Enemigo is the best!

100 Points - Wine Advocate

Drinking Dates: 2023-2035

The incredibly subtle, elegant and austere 2019 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard reminds me of a great vintage of Lafleur, my favourite Bordeaux, as this is one of the finest vintages for this single-vineyard blend of Cabernet Franc with some 15% Malbec. It develops very slowly in the glass and shows layers and layers of aromas, but all in a very subtle way. It also reminds me of the fabulous 2013 that I rated 100 points in 2018, and there has not been such a perfect vintage since then. It has excellent balance and a silky mouthfeel, with refined, elegant tannins and a long, dry finish with a chalky and salty sensation and no room for sweetness; it's more about herbs, flowers and rocks than anything else. They produced 9,000 bottles of this beauty. It was bottled in July 2020.