With more than fifteen vintages under his belt, Enric Soler has definitively proven the glorious potential of still Xarel.lo from Catalonia. Historically seen as the base wine for an ocean of Cava, Soler began in 2004 with a radically different approach, treating his native terroir and grapes as if they could make some of the world’s best white wines. It turns out that Soler was entirely correct, and today, his minuscule production of handcrafted wines are some of the most allocated bottles in Spain. Enric Soler writes, “Following the recovery of the old Xarel·lo grapevines, several lands have been selected and repopulated with the original Vinya dels Taus clone. During these years, work has been carried out enthusiastically so as to procure white wines that are vibrant and electric, with pure aromas and the body/persistence of wines for aging. Work in all vineyards is done following ecological and biodynamic precepts, with minimum intervention. Meticulous attention is dedicated to the needs of each plant. Harvesting is done manually in 15-kilo crates. In the winery, the wines spontaneously ferment in wooden or cement containers with wild yeasts and without any adjustment to the musts. They are left alone to stabilize and are not clarified.”
Enric Soler’s wines easily find a place at the table with the world’s finest white wines, and any skepticism to that claim can be cleared up simply by opening a bottle.
Enric Soler writes: "In the Espenyalluchs plot, a gently sloping land at 400 meters above sea level, a hectare of grapevines are planted with a judicious massale selection of the best vine shoots of the Vinya dels Taus. All the mystical wisdom of the symbolic old vineyard is transferred onto one slope, under a supervision that combines intuition and experience. From the first vintage in 2013, the majesty of the grape is revealed and offers a profile of Xarel-lo that is both meditative and electric. The wine ferments and ages in the winery’s oldest barrels. Espenyalluchs is a wine that retains the unmistakable reflective character of the white wines made at the winery and aims to convey the purity of this variety."