Huguet de Can Feixes

Can Feixes Negre Selecció – 2019

Region: Spain - Cataluña

Huguet de Can Feixes

 The historic Can Feixes Estate is situated on gravely slopes nestled over 1400 feet above sea level in an incomparable setting on the slopes of the famous Montserrat pinnacle, which forms Penedès northern boundary in the Upper Penedès wine region of Barcelona. Can Feixes forms an ecological environment where different crops and varied vegetation interact in perfect symbiosis between the cultivated and wildlands, reflecting the best expression of biodiversity in agriculture. For the Huguet family, respect and protection of the environment are considered integral elements of quality wines.

These are the farthest Penedès vineyards from the Mediterranean with, at times, extreme continental temperature variation. The drier climate is conducive to grape health. The altitude and mountain terrain constitute the tiny viticultural home of the Parellada variety, locally known as Montonec (“grape of the mountain”). The soil is chalk, clay and quite rocky with a capacity to retain water. The combination of climate and soil result in lower yields and grapes of exceptional quality. Recognized as one of the region’s Corpinnat vineyards, Can Feixes retains only the most exceptional grapes, and subsequently the very best wines for production under the family label.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards in foothills of upper Pènedes region, Alt Pènedes, D.O. Pènedes, Cataluña.

  • Altitude: 1400+ feet – highest vineyard in region
  • Soils: Limestone and gravel
  • Vine Age: 60+ years
  • Vine Training Systems: Goblet & Cordon-Royat
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested with careful berry selection
  • Further berry selection at sorting table
  • Free run juice from gentle whole cluster pneumatic pressing
  • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 3 months in 225 liter 2nd passage French & American oak barrels
  • Aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks
  • Bottle aged 6 months before release
Winemaker's Notes

Juicy yet mineral with hints of tobacco, leading to a lingering fresh plum and cherry finish.  A lighter-bodied, smoother, fresher, and livelier red to enjoy now.

Wine Summary

70% Tempranillo, 30% Merlot; alcohol: 14%; highest vineyards in Alt Pènedes at over 1400 feet; 60 year old vines planted in limestone and gravel soils; berries hand selected both in vineyard and at sorting table; whole cluster pnuematic press; 1st and 2nd fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; aged 3 months in 225L used French & American oak barrels, aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks; bottle aged 6 months before release; certified Organic CCPAE grapes.

Technical Information
  • 70% Tempranillo, 30% Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Certified Organic grapes by CCPAE – Consell Català de la Producció Agrària Ecològica

Reviews

90 Points

The juicy and fruit-driven red 2019 Negre Selecció was produced with a selection of their vines, mostly Tempranillo with some Merlot and Pinot Noir (4%). It has good ripeness in a very good and ripe vintage, when the wine achieved a 14% alcohol that goes unnoticed, as the wine has very good balance and superb freshness. It’s a very honest young red wine. It spent three months in 225-liter oak barrels and six months in stainless steel but feels like an unoaked red. 2022 – 2025

Can Feixes is the family property of the Huguet family. They have 80 hectares of vineyards and produce 200,000 bottles of wine. I’ve always liked the purity and transparency of these wines. All of the wines are certified organic and have been for a long time, as even the 2013 I tasted had the organic seal.

© Wine Advocate, September, 2022

General Info

COUNTRY SPAIN
REGION Catalonia/Cataluna
APPELLATION D.O. Penedes/Corpinnat
PROPRIETORS Founded by Don Jaime Feixes, acquired by the Huguet family in 1945
FOUNDED 1768 with continuous production since 1690
WINEMAKER Josep Maria Huguet
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 6,000 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) 100% organic – CCPAE (Consell Català de la Producció Agrària Ecològica), sustainable aglriculture, 100% estate grown. One of 9 members of Corpinnat “born in the heart of the Penedes.”