We view Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo as one of the finest wines from Argentina yet also one of the best Cabernet Franc dominate wines in the world. While those two assertions may seem unfamiliar, given Argentina’s propensity for Malbec, the region of Gualtallary has almost perfect conditions for Cabernet Franc. James Suckling has recently released his 2013 Argentina report. It is derived from exhaustive tasting, covering 900 wines. Of these 900 wines Suckling concludes ‘Consider that two of my top three wines—Catena Zapata Chardonnay Mendoza Adrianna Vineyard White Stones 2014 and El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Gualtallary Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard 2013—aren’t even malbec!’
These three wines in 2013 have been awarded 99 points. This is Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo’s highest ever score, besting the 98+ points awarded by the Wine Advocate and 98 awarded by James Suckling for the 2012. Noteworthy also is that the 2011 was awarded Argentinean wine of the year by the Wine Advocate: in short this the best of the best. The 2013 vintage is highly promising and Suckling’s 99 point score could be matched by the Wine Advocate once they release their report. These consistently high scores resonate with us, Gran Enemigo Gualtallary is stellar and unmissable. The 2013 is priced at £300 per case of six, giving it a Price Over Points score of 32, which is excellent for a wine of this quality.
The value on release is exceptional, especially when we compare it to the highest ever scoring wines by Suckling from Argentina, please see the table below. Moreover, less than 250 cases were made, so this is a very special opportunity, given the vintage, the wine and the derisory production.
|High Scoring Argentinian Wines||JS||Price/6|
|Vina Cobos Perdriel Lujan de Cuyo Cobos 2011||100||£1,170|
|Vina Cobos Chanares Vineyard 2014||99||£1,150|
|Bodega Aleanna Gran Enemigo Gualtallary 2013||99||£300|
El Enemigo is the ground-breaking venture formed by Adrianna Catena, the youngest daughter of Nicolas Catena and Alejandro Vigil, the Chief Winemaker of Bodega Catena Zapata for the last 13 years. Nicolas Catena Zapata remains at the forefront of the vanguard of Argentinean Malbec, his pioneering vision has elevated the region’s wines worldwide. He introduced European viticultural techniques to Argentina, including French oak barrels, drip irrigation and low yielding cutting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay – devoting himself to perfecting high altitude vine growing.
El Enemigo represents the passion and vision of their new generation, a continuation of innovation and drive for excellence, their leading wine Gran Enemigo Gualtallary is a single vineyard plot, located in Tupungatito, the northernmost sub-region of the Uco Valley in Mendoza. The sub-region boasts incredible altitude, with its very own volcano, which erupted in 1987; as such the soil abounds with deep Calcareous matter perfect for growing Malbec and Cabernet Franc at high altitude, 1430 metres in the case of the Gualtallary vineyard.
Gualtallary is to be the new Eldorado, capable of Grand Cru level vineyards that can compete with the greatest wines in the world. Adrianna and Alejandro have chosen to utilise such a high preponderance of Cabernet Franc in honour of an old Pomerol style.If you want to own the finest wines from around the world this is a must have wine; if you love great Argentinian this is for you, if you love Pomerol then fill your boots.
Bodega Aleanna Gran enemigo Gualtallary 2013, 6×75 – £300 In Bond or £375.59 including duty and VAT
99 Points, James Suckling
This is a fabulous wine with blackberry, dark mushroom, blueberry and white pepper character. Full body, fine tannins and fantastic depth and length. Goes on for minutes. A magnificent red. Beautiful encore to the superb 2012. Drink or hold.
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