Castell d’Encus

Castel D'EncusRaül Bobet, the former technical director of Torres, carefully selected an area in the Pyrenees, not far south of Andorra, as insurance against climate change. His 23ha of tightly planted vineyards lie between 800-1000m above sea level and have good sun exposure coupled with large changes in diurnal temperature, which preserves acidity and aromatics. The fruit from this exceptional site has been treated with great skill and meticulous care in the winery to produce white wines of crystalline purity and equally fine reds. Ekam, which means unity in Sanskrit, is mostly Riesling with a little Albarino added. It is an intense, tightly structured and powerful wine that was chosen as “wine of the week” by Jancis Robinson last year. Taleia is a superbly poised, mineral Sauvignon/Semillon blend with notes of pineapple and stone fruit framed by subtle oak. The Susterris wines offer excellent quality and characteristic cool climate elegance and aromatics. Batches of wine are fermented in stone vats cut into the rock many years ago by monks and the wines are bottled unfiltered to preserve flavour. These wines are the product of perfectionism and vision and should not be missed. We have the first release of Raul’s pet project, Albarino from the Pyrenees. He bottled 1200 bottles for Carte Blanche, and the wine is pure, focused and varietally true, with peachy fruit nervous acidity and a long seamless finish.

We have a very limited amount of 2011 Thalarn, 2011 Quest and finally the much sought after Acusp Pinot Noir, all the reds that Raul produces in his outdoor rock ferementors. These are amazing wines, particularly if you know how much effort goes into making them as natural as possible, and certainly worth collecting now as there is no doubt that Raul’s star is now firmly in the ascendancy.

Currently Available:

  • 2011 Susterris Albarino
  • 2011 Ekam
  • 2010 Taleia
  • 2011 Quest
  • 2011 Thalarn
  • 2011 Ecusp