Terra Remota Ales Blanques 2016
Terra Remota is owned by Emma and Marc Bournazeau, of French origin but with Spanish roots. The family’s dream started to come true in the year 1999, when together with Emma’s father, Claude Florensa, they purchased the lands in the Empordà that are occupied today by the vineyards and the winery. Some very old vines can still be found on the estate, in the middle of the trees. The discovery of these old vines, while first visitng the property contributed to the launch of the project.
But the real story here is in the soil. Nowhere else in northeast Spain can granite be found. For varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache red and white, and Syrah this is pure magic. The farm is a single estate covering 40 hectares, embedded in the spurs of the Albera Massif. The granitic soil, known as albero, offers very exciting possibilities for viticulture, as the soil is not fertile and furthermore it facilitates good drainage. Granite is a light-colored and therefore quite cold stone which guarantees balanced pH and acidity.
Situated on the outskirts of the villages of Capmany and Sant Climent Sescebes, at the heart of a forested area, the estate is protected from the northern tramuntana wind by the Albera Massif. It lies some 15 km from the Mediterranean sea, at a height of 140 metres above sea level.
This is a solitary, captivating spot that appears to be far removed from the rest of the world, and explains the name Terra Remota. Paradoxically, despite the remoteness of the location, this area has been occupied by human communities since ancient times. Thus, remains of settlements belonging to the Iberian culture have been documented in the region, which goes to prove the long history of the human presence in this territory.
Ales Blanques is the winery's 'welcome mat' white wine, a gorgeous rendition of young vine Grenache Blanc that really shows what is possible with white wine in this part of the wine world. You'll want to carry this one to the beach!