D.O. PRIORAT - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, D.O.Q. Priorat, Vila de Gratallops.
Grapes: 50% White Garnacha, 25% Macabeo, 20% Viognier and 5% Pedro Ximenez and Muscat.
Soil: Llicorella (Slate).
Vinification: Grape varieties are harvested at their best ripening time. Each varietal is fermented separately in new 600L French oak barrels with bâtonnage.
Aging: Aged six months in a barrel and then bottled.
Nose: White flowers, honeysuckle, apricot, yellow pears, Meyer lemon with mineral undernotes and baking spice.
Taste: Dry white wine with a mineral background, notes of ripe fruit and buttery texture that comes from the lees and bâttonage.
Color: Light gold with yellow rim.
Gastronomy: Paired well with roasted chicken and game birds, shellfish and rich fish dishes.
“Our soul. Our origin. Our grandfather”
The star white wine of Buil & Giné. Joan Giné Blanc is showcasing the white grapes from Priorat and their power. Joan Giné was dedicated to the wine culture, education and development of wine in Priorat.
Talking About the Wines:
-Washington Wine Blog, by Dr Owen Bargreen, March '20 gave 92 points to Buil & Giné 2018 Joan Giné Blanc (white). "The 2018 ‘Joan Gine’ Blanco is a seriously good blend of 50% White Garnacha, 25% Macabeo, 20% Viognier and 5% Pedro Ximenez and Muscat. Showing better at a warmer temperature, the silky texture entices as bright pear and kiwi flavors collide with shades of lemon blossom and nutmeg on this complex palate. Fantastic now, this will evolve well for at least another decade. Drink 2020-2030."
-A View From The Cellar, March ‘20 gave 91 points to 2018 Joan Giné Blanc (white). “The 2018 Priorat Blanco from Joan Giné is composed of a blend of fifty percent Garnaxta Blanco, twenty-five percent Macabeo, twenty percent Viognier and five percent of Pedro Ximénez and Muscat, all grown on slate soils. The wine is barrel-fermented in six hundred liter, new oak casks, all of which are new, and then aged in these barrels for six months prior to bottling. The 2018 version offers up a deep and complex nose of peach, pear, wild fennel, slate soil tones, a touch of honeysuckle and a well done framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and very nicely balanced, with a lovely core, good bounce and grip and a nice sense of soil on the long and complex finish. This is one of the best white wines from Priorat that I have ever tasted, as it carries its 14.5 percent octane absolutely seamlessly and seems quite cool and precise in the mouth. Bravo!”
-Wine Spectator, August '19 gave 92 points to 2017 Joan Giné Blanc. "This solid white has weight and muscle, with firm acidity supporting the thick texture. Pear, tarragon accented with more delicate notes of heather, spice and almond. Stays fresh and balanced."
-Vinous Media “Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, by Josh Raynolds, Apr ’19 gave 92 points to Buil & Giné 2017 Joan Giné Blanc. "Pale gold. Dried pear, Meyer lemon, chamomile and beeswax scents are complemented by hints of dusty minerals and honey that build with air. Chewy and focused in the mouth, offering intense citrus/orchard fruit and buttered toast flavors that deepen and turn spicier on the back half. Finishes on a powerful mineral note, showing impressive persistence and lingering suggestions of honeysuckle, fennel and vanilla."