Terra Remota

Clos Adrien 2017

D.O. Empordà, Catalunya, Spain

Blend: 90% Syrah, 10% Black Grenache | 14.5% ABV


We are proud to present this multiple-award-winning DO Empordà organic red to the UK. Clos Adrien is a high quality blend of hand-picked Syrah and Garnatcha from one of our favourite vineyards - Terra Remota, in Catalonia. Top marks to wine-maker Mark Bournazeau for putting together this amazing gift of the land. This is one of Co-Founder Martin's personal favourites. Yummy.

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Deep garnet with a pronounced nose of ripe blackberries, black cherry, stewed plumb and some gentle hints of sweet spices, vanilla, chocolate and brioche. Structured and complex in the mouth with some wonderful flavours of cooked fruit and dates. Think Christmas Pudding and you just about get it. Well structured with gentle tannins, and a luscious big finish that won't disappoint. Seriously good.

Service: Best served at 14-16°C, decanted 45 minutes before enjoying.

Food Pairing: An excellent meal wine, working well with hearty stews, beef and grilled pork, as well has flavoursome hard cheeses.

We spent a day with owner and winemaker Marc Bournazeau (and a number of his cats and dogs!). He is stylish and design oriented - which is evident as soon as you see the winery that he constructed with his wife, with the help of leading Spanish architect and friend of the family Pepe Cortés.

Marc takes great pride in his work and his land. In terms of his wine-making philosophy, here's how he explains it:

"The vineyards are grouped around the winery, which houses the equipment for making the different wines. This means that the harvested grapes can be brought in very quickly. The main criteria governing the winery’s organisation can be resumed in three concepts: quality, respect for the raw materials and identity.

Obtaining wines of high quality is our primary objective. It is for this reason that the owners try to isolate grapes of quality as far as possible during the entire process, from the vine to the ageing of the wines.

Moreover, we believe that the greater the quality of the raw material, the lower the need for intervention at the level of the winemaking and ageing process. We try to reduce to a minimum any interventions that may harm the grapes, in order to respect the original quality of the fruit.

In short, our philosophy is to bring personalised service into the making of each of our wines. Given that the factors playing a role in the development of a wine are numerous (grape type, soil, climate, fermentation time, ageing, etc.), we conceive the winemaking for each wine as a unique process that cannot be systematically repeated. In short, in view of the complexity of the respective viticultural and oenological tasks, we work on “individualism” in each phase of wine production, taking into account the unique specifications of each one of our wines."

We would summarise Marc as an experimental perfectionist (with a very accommodating wife who keeps asking him to reduce not expand the line-up!). And Marc is charming too. We look forward to visiting him and his family again soon, and to their next visit to London.

The Terra Remota winery was founded in 1999, when the Bournazeau Florensa family acquired 15 hectares of virgin land occupied by oaks, cork oak, pine. This has now evolved into a property covering 54 hectares, half of which are used for growing vines, located in the far northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Alt Empordà region, in Girona province, and falling within the DO Empordà.

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 and has soils that are markedly granitic in nature. This is a solitary, captivating spot that appears to be far removed from the rest of the world, and this explains the name that Terra Remota has given to its project.

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. In recognition of this, for its logo, Terra Remota has used two symbols attributed to these ancient communities, engraved on blocks of granite.

From its birth, the Terra Remota winery has displayed a marked sensitivity towards the territory on which it stands, and coherence in the way it is integrated into the surrounding natural landscape. All this constitutes the backbone of Terra Remota’s philosophy and influences its actions in every sense.

Moving on Up (2*).

Terra Remota (which is partnered with the Adalta vineyard) is a visionary winery project. Winemaker and owners Marc and Emma have created something special in the granitic soils of the Pyrannean foothills, with beautifully designed architecture of the winery, built sympathetically into the landscape. The vineyard has organic certification since 2012 and organic practice over its initial 15 hectares since inception, while the Adalta plots are undergoing organic conversion now. Marc uses gravity throughout the winery, and rainwater harvesting from the winery roof which covers the additional watering required in the hot summers of Girona.

Red | Still | 75cl | 14.5% ABV | SO2 55 mg/L

Annual Production: 8,000 bottles

As listed by: 38 Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain including Diverxo (Madrid) and ABAC (Barcelona)

Recognition: Clos Adrien 2007: 92 Parker | Clos Adrien 2008: 93 Tim Atkin | Clos Adrien 2009: WineUpClub 92.38 | Clos Adrien 2009: America Express Tower Club Wine Awards Gold & Best | Clos Adrien 2009: WSA Wine Challenge 2014: Silver | Clos Adrien 2010 : 91,31 Gold Taste Wine Up Club 2016 | Clos Adrien 2011: Decanter 2015 Bronze | Clos Adrien 2013: IWSC 2017 Silver | Clos Adrien 2013 : Decanter 93 Silver

Cellaring: Drinking well now, will continue to develop for 5+ years

Vinification: 6 weeks maceration. 24 months French oak barrels ageing.

Vineyard last visited by Wine&Earth's co-founders Martin & Toby in Autumn 2021

  • Organic - Independently Certified
  • Vegan - Practising (Uncertified)

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