Celler Pasanau

Ceps Nous Priorat – 2019

Region: Spain - Cataluña

Celler Pasanau

For centuries, the Pasanau family has cultivated vineyards in the Priorat. The vineyards are located in the highest municipality of the region, skirting the sheer rock wall of the Sierra de Montsant which forms Priorat’s viticultural boundary. Gravelly scree eroded from the cliffs covers the underlying llicorella slate and together with the elevation creates a less Mediterranean microclimate relative to the region as a whole.

At over 743 m (2,400 feet) above sea level, Pasanau’s “Finca La Planeta” dominates the regional landscape and experiences Priorat’s widest daily temperature variation. This helps to retain freshness in the grapes, resulting in a uniquely tight knit, albeit typically powerful Priorat style. At the end of the 19th century, phylloxera devastated all of the vineyards. They were replanted post phylloxera by Grandfather Joan Pasanau. In the 80’s Joans Grandson Ricard took over. Since his death in 2020, his nephew, Jordi Pasanau has been at the forefront carrying on his family’s legacy.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

11 estate vineyard plots at the base of the Serra de Montsant rock precipice, near La Morera de Montsant, the highest vineyards in D.O.Q. Priorat.

  • Altitude: 2300 feet
  • Soil: Sandstone conglomerates and lime cement
  • Vines Planted: 2000
Harvest Notes
  • Lower rainfall caused less intensive budbreak and reduced primary shoots growth
  • Spring rain enabled healthy flowering, heatwave at end of June
  • Early September rain provided good ripening conditions
  • 20% lower yields combined with limited rainfall created good balance between acids and sugars
  • Hand harvested early September
  • Destemmed, lightly crushed
  • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 17 days with daily pumpovers
  • Aged 2 months in 225 liter French oak barrels
  • Bottled September 2021
Winemaker's Notes

Cherry color with purple hues. Straightforward bouquet with concentrated aromas of black fruits and balsamic notes. With aeration, red fruits and vanilla notes develop. The palate is medium to full bodied, well balanced with firm to slightly smooth tannins. The taste is rich without loosing any tension.

Wine Summary

100% Grenache; alcohol: 15%; highest vineyards in D.O.Q. Priorat at base of Serra de Montsant, 2300 feet; sandstone conglomerates with lime cement soils; vines planted 2000; vineyards carefully managed to limit yields; hand harvested; fermented in stainless steel tanks 17 days with daily pumpovers; aged 2 months in 225 liter French oak barrels; bottled in September 2021.

Technical Information
  • 100% Grenache
  • Alcohol: 15%

General Info

COUNTRY Spain
REGION Cataluña
APPELLATION D.O.C. Priorat
PROPRIETORS The Pasanau Family
WINEMAKER Sandra Doix
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 2,916 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Sustainably farmed, organic vineyards using minimal intervention winemaking techniques