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2017 Gran Enemigo

Mendoza

Alejandro Vigil is Winemaking Director for Bodega Catena Zapata and together with Adrianna Catena, has established the joint venture, Gran Enemigo. The wines are small production and most are from single vineyards. Proving definitively that Argentina's Mendoza region is capable of producing world-class reds from more than just Malbec, Gran Enemigo showcases Cabernet Franc in all its glory. 

ETA December 2021

2017 Gran Enemigo Red Blend

£180.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£232.07 Duty & VAT paid


£65.00 per 1 Mag, in bond
£83.35 Duty & VAT paid


£130 per 1 DMag, in bond
£177.72 Duty & VAT paid


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. 2021-2027
95 Points  Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

   




 

2017 Gran Enemigo Agrelo

£260.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£328.07 Duty & VAT paid


£95.00 per 1 Mag, in bond
£119.35 Duty & VAT paid


£190.00 per 1 DMag, in bond
£238.72 Duty & VAT paid


The spicy 2017 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard has notes of cloves and sweet spices (recurrent notes through the vintages in this wine), which, coupled with the fact that this is Cabernet Franc (with 15% Malbec), gives a different profile. In 2017 they only watered this vineyard three times despite the fact that the year was very dry; because the soil retains a lot of water with its high content in clay and the soil is always cooler than the air, it's like a buffer for the high temperatures. So, the place behaves quite well in warm and dry years, and it shows. It's medium to full-bodied with round tannins and a mellow texture. It's tasty and finishes dry and long. Impressive for the vintage. 6,000 bottles were filled in July 2018. 2021-2027
96 Points Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate


   




 

2017 Gran Enemigo El Cepillo

£260.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£328.07 Duty & VAT paid


£95.00 per 1 Mag, in bond
£119.35 Duty & VAT paid


£190.00 per 1 DMag, in bond
£238.72 Duty & VAT paid


The nose of the 2017 Gran Enemigo El Cepillo Single Vineyard was truly explosive: tons of curry, aromatic herbs and something vermouth-like, exuberant and very forward, expressive and open. It's Cabernet Franc with 15% Malbec fermented in barrel with indigenous yeasts and with 100% full clusters this year. This is also very distinct, and the exotic and aromatic notes are a constant across vintages. The palate is medium to full-bodied, and this year, the Gran Enemigo wines are around 14% alcohol and keep very good freshness (a pH of 3.05) and remarkable acidity. It's vibrant and finishes dry and with a salty twist, more vertical than I expected for the vintage. 6,000 bottles were filled in 2018. 2021-2028
96+ Points Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

   




 

2017 Gran Enemigo Chacayes

£260.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£328.07 Duty & VAT paid


£95.00 per 1 Mag, in bond
£119.35 Duty & VAT paid


£190.00 per 1 DMag, in bond
£238.72 Duty & VAT paid

 

The more austere 2017 Gran Enemigo Chacayes Single Vineyard was produced with Cabernet Franc and 15% Malbec from a low-yielding and early harvest of plants at 1,100 meters in altitude. The fermentations for the Enemigo wines are always with indigenous yeasts and with some whole clusters, and in 2017, it was 100% (for all the single-vineyard wines) and aged in old oak foudres to avoid excessive aromas of oak or toast. The palate reveals some austerity too, but it has pungent flavors and piercing acidity and a very tasty, almost salty finish. This is also truly impressive, outstanding for a year like 2017 and among the best Chacayes ever. 6,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2018. 2021-2028
97 Points Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate


   




 

2017 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary

£280.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£352.07.07 Duty & VAT paid


£100.00 per 1 Mag, in bond
£125.35 Duty & VAT paid


£200.00 per 1 DMag, in bond
£250.72 Duty & VAT paid


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. 2021-2030
95 Points Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
   




 

El Enemigo is a romantic winery at heart. The concept was born September 2009 as Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena walked back from the Argentine Embassy in London, where Nicolas Catena had just received the Decanter Man of the Year Award. Adrianna, a historian, and Alejandro, a soils engineer, spoke of their shared love of philosophy, wine and history – so they decided to create wines together in reflection of this. Not that their respect for tradition means they stick within its limits, following the status quo has never been El Enemigo’s bag.

The fruit of their labour is quite brilliant. Alejandro holds the highest rating ever given to a pure Cabernet Franc wine by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, awarded to El Gran Enemigo Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, Mendoza. The 100 year old Alsatian foudres (barrels) they use originally came from Italy, but were then re-toasted and reassembled in Mendoza. The gentleness of this wood brings out the true character of cool climate Cabernet Franc; elegant and age-worthy.
 

 

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