Rioja La Bastid Blanco


• La Bastid is a blend of Viura and Garnacha Blanca originally from nine plots of vines around Labastida in Rioja Alavesa, but with the 2019 vintage, he has moved this project to the village of Cárdenas, where he has been expanding his vineyard holdings. Olivier considers this wine his Côtes de Nuits Blanc in his own internal hierarchy of things.

• Hand harvested, whole cluster pressing, natural yeast co-fermentation in French demi-muids and oak vats.

• 8-10 months in foudre and French demi-muids.

93 points
"Aromas of lemon pie and green apple with some perfumes follow through to a full body with a balanced center palate and attractive fruit and mineral undertones. Linear and tight with beautiful length and intensity. Drink now."
James Suckling
, November 2, 2020
93 points
"The grapes for the 2019 La Bastid are no longer from La Bastida; they're from Cárdenas, and the blend now has 30% Garnacha Blanca to complement the 70% Viura. Also, one-third now ferments in concrete (the rest in foudre and 500- and 600-liter barrels). It's clean, subtle and fruit driven with notes of white flowers, a very subtle touch of honey, dried apricots and lanolin, which adds complexity. The alcohol is moderate 13% (lower with the Garnacha), and the wine has great freshness (it doesn't go through malolactic). It comes through as very subtle, easy and with a straight nose, but the palate has more complexity than it seems, with some tannic/chalky sensations, very balanced and fresh. This should age nicely in bottle. It was bottled after nine months with lees in the different fermentation containers. 16,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in 2020."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, Issue 251 | October 30, 2020

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