From its founding in the early 1990s, by famed Spanish singer Lluís Llach and notary Enric Costa, Vall Llach winemaking has been governed by a commitment to rigor and quality. The winery lies in the tiny village of Porerra, in southern Catalonia, in the highly-acclaimed D.O.Q. Priorat. Here, the magnificent century-old vineyard estates of Vall Llach are home to 60- to 90-year-old Cariñena and Garnacha vines.
Old vines naturally produce low yields, and Vall Llach reduces yields even further through careful vineyard management for densely concentrated wines. Vineyards climb steep slate hillsides, receiving optimum sun exposure and beneficial water deprivation, further concentrating the fruit. Newer plantings of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah add complexity to the old-vine character, and the resulting wines - Vall Llach, Idus, and Embruix - have received high critical acclaim.
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When we tell visitors to our cellars that this wine is based principally on the juice of young plantations, between six to twelve years old, incredulity and admiration are the customary response. Immediately agreeable, but with a repertoire of powerful gustatory and olfactory refinements, this is a... more
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If one word could define the 2007 it would be maturity. Comprised of old vines - almost one hundred years old, with very low yields - that Celler Vall Llach owns on Porrera's hillsides give this wine a character that seduces and surprises.
Depth and structure are the outstanding attributes of... more
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Vermillion in color with a dark purple rim, this wine has appealing
aromas of chocolate covered cherries, forest floor and nuances of sweet spice. The wine is both alive and well balanced on the palate, with notes of red and black fruit that includes fresh plums, Bing cherries and boysenberries,... more
Only careful cultivation, well-managed microproduction, vinification differentiated
by variety and estate using low-volume tanks, and above all, the miracle worked by the Priorat region on both the native varieties and on Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes can explain the splendid result... more
Sourced primarily from 10 to 15 year-old estate vines, the Embruix (pronounced Embroosh) de Vall Llach is Catalan for bewitching. True to its name, the wine has an enchanting ruby-red color and captivating aromas of fresh blueberries, dark minerals, ripe plums and mulling spices. On the palate the... more
Vall Llach Idus is an elegant and modern wine which surprises with the mineral tones provided by the Cariñena vines, balanced and structured by the inclusion of other varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon... The skilled use of these varieties confers on the wine a profound complexity... more
The flagship 2005 Vall-Llach is composed of 65% Carinena, 15% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot aged for 12 months in new French oak. Many of the Carinena vines for this cuvee are pre-phylloxera. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a splendid aromatic array including pain grille, slate,... more
Sourced primarily from 10 to 15 year-old estate vines, Embruix (pronounced Embroosh) de Vall Llach is Catalan for bewitching. True to its name, the wine has an enchanting scarlet color with an amethyst halo. Full of succulent fruit, dark minerals and sweet spices, including nutmeg and fennel, this... more
The Vall Llach team has characterized the 2006 vintage as being a year of contrasts, where a very cold and humid winter was followed by an almost complete lack of spring weather as the temperature jumped from very cold to very warm in a matter of days. The record high temperatures that occurred... more
Idus is the result of a close collaboration between the Vall Llach estate and owners of trossos, or small vineyard blocks, who cultivate old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha. These ancient vineyards, located near the towns of Porrera and Torroja, Priorat, produce the essential Priorat character of this... more
Idus is the result of a close collaboration with local viticulturalists and owners of trossos, or small vineyard blocks,
who cultivate old-vine Cariñenas and Garnachas. These old-vine vineyards, which are located in the Porrera and
Torroja municipalities, are the key to the character of this... more
Sourced primarily from 6-8 year-old vines, Embruix (Catalan for bewitching) presents an enchanting deep cherry
red color and cardinal hue, with aromas of minerals, mature red and black fruit, and a range of toasty notes which
include freshly roasted coffee. The flavors of the wine mimic its... more