The real test for the newish top cuvée was to see its behavior in a more challenging vintage. I had tasted the 2013 Las Beatas from the oak vat in my previous visit and didn't find it that bad. The field blend of this old terraced vineyard includes Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Garnacha Blanca and other grapes, as it was the norm in the old times. It fermented in 1,000- and 3,000-liter oak vats and matured in 1,200-liter oak foudres in an old cellar, located in the village of Ollauri, following the strictest tradition for some 15 months. The nose reminded me of wet chalk straight away, a fine and subtle minerality, slowly opening up to aromas of violets and lavender. It had hints of pollen and honey wax, perfumed but in a subtle way. It is perhaps a little more austere and reticent than previous vintages that were warmer and drier. There is a big difference in the acidity that provides for an effervescent texture, with a terse sensation, with tension and a tasty finish with notes of acid berries. This feels like a real triumph over the conditions of the vintage, and a year that should evolve nicely in bottle. This is a scarce wine, with some 1,500 bottles filled in April 2015. We also did a mini-vertical from 2011 to 2014 to follow up on the evolution, comparing the four different vintages bottled until now. They are evolving at a glacial pace; the four vintages show different, but there is a common character...[i.e. These wines need time...] (LG)
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