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RAIMAT CHARDONNAY BLANCO 2016 75cl

6,50 € tax incl.

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Raimat Chadonnay Blanco.

 

A wine with intense aromas of tropical fruits and subtle hints of pineapple and sweet fruits such as melon. An elegant taste of green apples on the palate, accompanied with Chardonnay's silky texture, providing a perfect balance to the wine's refreshing acidity. It is an ideal wine for serving with seafood, salads and white meats. Enjoy Raimat Chardonnay!

 

The Vinyards.

 

Manuel Raventós, once he had consolidated cava* in the market, bought 3,200 hectares (7,907 acres) of barren lands in Lleida Province. This gave birth to Raimat, the Raventós family's second great project. Back then, the Raimat estate was a stony wasteland on which a ramshackle castle stood. It must have been hard back then to imagine the land would ever yield anything.

The building of the Aragon and Catalonia Irrigation Canal in 1910 boosted the irrigated area by 43,400 hectares (some 107,243 acres) and made the Segrià region fertile once again. Manuel Raventós decided to open up over 100 kilometres (62 miles) of channels to water Raimat's parched lands.

Manuel also noticed that fruit grown along the banks of the Segre river was both very tasty and highly aromatic and guessed — correctly as it turned out — that grapes grown there would produce excellent wine.

*Sparkling wine made using the Champagne method.

 

The Castle.

 

Raimat Castle is sited on a hill with commanding views over the local village. The Raventós family bought it 1914 and restored it. A graven stone shield at the castle gate explains the likely origin of the name Raimat. The shield displays a bunch of grapes and a hand, the words for which in Catalan form "Raimat" ("raïm" = "grapes" and "mà" = "hand"), revealing that there were once vineyards on the lands around Raimat castle. The shield motif was adopted by Raimat as its trademark and is blazoned on its wine bottle labels.

The castle is residential in character, with little in the way of defences. The interior was renovated in 1914 and is currently the home of the Raventós family.

 

The Cellars.

 

In 1918, the decision was taken to build a wine cellar. Joan Rubió i Bellver, an architect who was a disciple of Gaudí's, planned what was to be the first building in Spain to be made from reinforced concrete. His inspired creation was soon dubbed 'The Wine Cathedral' for its harmonious arches and atmospheric interior.

The new wine cellar was built in 1988 and was designed by the architect Domingo Triay. Its construction involved shifting thousands of tons of soil first to level a hill and then excavate a massive hole to site what would become the wine cellars.

The wine-ageing cellars are sited below ground, built into the spot where the hole was dug. The rest of the building rises above these.

The whole building was then cleverly 'landscaped' and covered with the soil excavated during the works. The end result is that the hill looks very much as it did before earth-moving began. The soil covering was then planted with Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

  • Añada 2016
  • Reference A011802301B6