Sant Antoni 2017, Scala Dei
A wine of almost indescribable beauty, made in such tiny quantities that, alas, only a few will ever get to experience it. Think the supple harmony of Musigny Grand Cru (at a small fraction of the price); super-silky and super-pure, with delicate raspberry, rosewater and aniseed aromas, subtle fruit and supple texture and an almost hidden but present liquorice-like concentration on the hauntingly-long finish. Like the finest of Burgundy, immediately irresistible yet with the finesse and balance to last a decade or longer. This comes from a tiny, terraced vineyard located at 580-650 metres elevation, above an impressive cliff edge on the side of the Montsant mountain. The site was tended for centuries by the Carthusian monks of the Scala Dei priory, although the current owners replanted it in 1973.