Marc Ripoll returned to his family vineyards
to change their fortunes. The family had been reduced to selling
their harvests to the local co-operative, but he set about
renovating the dilapidated winery and now Cal Batllet is regarded
as one of the leading estates from their village of Gratallops.
Marc is part of the new generation of winemakers in Priorat who
are reclaiming the region for their own. Focusing on a style
putting the local terroir as its heart and looking to create wines
of elegance and refinement, light years away from what made Priorat
the darling of the American critics.
An organic approach in the vineyard and use of wild yeast and
barrel fermentation all come together to create wines expressive of
the individual sites they come from. The 90 year old bush vines
planted in steep hillsides on slate soil all create personalities
of their own, none more so than the nearly extinct Escanyavella
grape which produces a wine full of sublime texture and fruit.