El Enemigo, Gran Enemigo Blend Double Magnum

El Enemigo, Gran Enemigo Blend Double Magnum

El Enemigo, Gran Enemigo Blend Double Magnum

Argentina | 14.0% | 300cl

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Gran Enemigo Red Blend is combo of 50% Malbec 15% Cabernet Franc 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot from Gualtallary in Tupungato and 10% Petit Verdot from Agrelo in Luján de Cuyo. Probably the most approachable wine in the Gran Enemigo range it’s mellow and creamy with notes of blackberry plum jam redcurrant Earl Grey tea dark chocolate coffee mint tobacco and vanilla. 

El Enemigo is a cult Argentinian winery. It’s a partnership between soil expert Alejandro Vigil (Director of Winemaking at the iconic Bodega Catena Zapata) and Adrianna Catena (sister of the Managing Director and fourth-generation vintner at Bodega Catena Zapata Dr Laura Catena). The idea was formed in 2009 while the two strolled back along the River Thames after a party at the Embassy of Argentina in London where Nicolás Catena Zapata – Adrianna’s father and the man who put Argentinian wine on the world map – had just been awarded Decanter Man of the Year. They decided to create a winery that respected traditions but rejected the status quo for example employing 100-year-old Alsatian oak foudres imported directly from Italy but also the more fashionable concrete eggs. Inspired by a mutual love of old-school Pomerol and Château Cheval Blanc the focus was to be cool-climate high-altitude Cabernet Franc – at this point it’s worth noting that some of their vineyards are nearly 1.5km above sea level. This was a pretty rebellious and radical concept because all anybody wanted to talk about at the time was Malbec from Argentina. We love this kind of renegade thinking especially when the wines taste this good.

This wine pairs well with red meat dishes, such as steak or lamb, and is a perfect addition to any wine lover's collection.

THE WINE ADVOCATE 95 points
"The blend 2017 Gran Enemigo was produced with 50% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot from Gualtallary and feels very creamy and undeveloped, ripe without excess but reflecting the warmer and drier year. The blend of grapes has produced a rounder and mellower wine, gentler but still with a very low pH and very good acidity with a dry, chalky-driven finish. This is more open and approachable than the rest of Gran Enemigo from this vintage. It fermented completely destemmed in barrel—it's the only Gran Enemigo that was destemmed, as the rest were 100% full clusters in 2017—and matured in ancient oak foudre. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2018." - Luis Gutiérrez: 31st Mar 2021

JAMES SUCKLING 97 Points
31 Mar, 2021 – "A refined, medium-to full-bodied red with aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violets, tar and tobacco. Ultra fine tannins, interwoven with silky and seamless layers of dark berries. So elegant and fine. Long. Serious and focused with fantastic depth and structure. Drink or hold."

Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Grapes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Merlot
ABV 14.0%
Suitable for Vegans No
Organic No

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