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From Jeremy Belcher of Bardinet Vins & Adet Seward Export comes the lovely and moving story of a new wine that is about to be released in travel retail – Navasqüés Garnacha ‘100’ Navarra 2009.
Jeremy is a top guy and one of the most knowledgeable people on wine that I know. The new wine from his company represents the most fitting of tributes to the life work of Joaquin de Navasqüés, winemaker and dear friend of Jeremy’s, who died this month after a year of failing health.
Joaquin had worked with the company for the past 12 years since his first vintage in 1997.
Jeremy takes up the story: “His untimely loss on 17th September 2010 comes precisely at a time when ironically we were just about to launch what proved to be his last wine and most compelling masterpiece, Navasqües Garnacha ‘100’ 2009 D.O. Navarra.
“It is in our humble opinion a truly beautiful wine and testament to his great gift in expressing with sheer precision the pure mineral fruit contained in this elegant but challenging varietal.”
Jeremy continues: “Selecting and vinifying prime parcels of low-yielding 100 year old Garnacha vines located in the arid hills of Navarra near to the ancient citadel of Olite was his particular and unique ‘baby’.
“He handcrafted with typical painstaking care this latest gem, producing just one vat of 12,000 bottles. He oversaw the whole process from the picking of the grapes in late September 2009, through vinification, ageing in tank and cleaning the wine gently and gradually without any final fining or filtration, completing the bottling in May 2010.”
You can taste the wine on the Bardinet stand in Cannes (H53 Yellow) – literally the fruits of one man’s labours.