Josep Grau Viticultor

Vespres Montsant – 2020

Region: Spain - Cataluña

Josep Grau Viticultor

Josep Grau returned to the land where he was born in 2003 to embark on a new journey. His wines are not influenced by trends, opinion leaders’ tastes or fads. Instead, they strive to be authentic and deeply imbued with the essence: Grau is convinced that outstanding wines can be made with very little, avoiding artifice and respecting the natural language of the vineyard.

 

Reviews

91 Points

One of the reds that he has been producing for a while is the 2020 Vespres, a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena with a little Syrah that fermented in concrete and matured in 2,000-liter oval foudres and concrete to keep the oak almost imperceptible. It has moderate ripeness and concentration for a low-yielding year like 2020 (when he lost some 65% of the crop to mildew). It’s juicy and fruit-driven, with a fine texture and fine tannins, supple flavors and a clean finish. 2022 – 2026

Josep Grau works in Montsant and Priorat, where he has new wineries from 2020, which allowed him to make some new wines. He has 14.5 hectares of vines in Capçanes, 18 hectares in Marça in Montsant and 10.5 hectares in Gratallops in Priorat and produces a total of 116,000 bottles.

© Wine Advocate, September, 2022
92 Points

Bright and racy strawberries, red cherries, plums and licorice. Some white pepper and wild herbs, too. A juicy red with precise, well-mannered tannins, framed in a medium body. Very enjoyable, with excellent drinkability. Pull the cork now.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2022