Gran Vino de Guarda
La Comtesse 2018

The most elegant lady of Pazo de Barrantes, a wine with a limited production and an incredible potential.

Gran Vino de Guarda La Comtesse 2018

Since the 2009 vintage, a dream has been materialized in Pazo de Barrantes winery: La Comtesse.


It is a modern white wine which demonstrates the versatility of the albariño grape reaching new horizons, beyond the freshness and fragrant aromatic range it boasts.


La Comtesse shows an elegant complexity and aromatic richness, confirming the great potential of the albariño variety with a meticulous winemaking and a careful aging in oak vats.



Gran Vino de Guarda
La Comtesse 2018

All the grapes come from Pago Cacheiro, a single vineyard of 1.4 hectares planted in 1965, in the heart of our Pazo Barrantes estate. The soil is sandy above granitic bedrock.

The harvest was carried out in 18 kg crates on September 22nd, 2018. 

After an exhaustive selection, the grapes are destemmed and gently and slowly pressed in a pneumatic press. The must is decanted by flotation to ensure greater aromatic purity and then fermented at 10°C in 3,000-litre French oak vats for approximately 60 days. 

12 months in 3,000 l French oak vats, of which 2 months in contact with the lees and 12 months in concrete tanks.

Queen scallops and white truffle from Piamonte mellow rice; steamed and roasted alfonsino, candied in its collagen and roasted leek; triple-cooked poularde with truffle stuffed macerated in Castillo Ygay blanco essence.

Grape variety: 100% albariño.

Alcohol level: 13.5% abv.

Bottling date: april, 2021.

Number of bottles: 6,672 (0.75 l) / 200 (1.5 l).

Serving suggestions: recommended service temperature: 12°C - 13°C (54°F).

Scores
Gran Vino de Guarda
La Comtesse 2018

  • GUÍA PROENSA (SPAIN): 99 points.

  • GUÍA GOURMETS (SPAIN): 97 points.

  • GUÍA PEÑIN (SPAIN): 96 points.

  • TIM ATKIN (UK): 96 points.

  • JAMES SUCKLING (USA): 95 points.

Tasting note

An infinite nose where lychee, quince fruit and lemon peel flavours, harmonize gracefully with hints of acacia flowers, fennel and eucalyptus. A minerality edge provides refinement to the whole. Harmonious mouthfeel, its silky texture leads to an endless finish. 

“The breadth of this wine suggests a development that will continue for decades” María Vargas, Technical Director.


Gran Vino de Guarda
La Comtesse 2018