Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2017


Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard

Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Product type
Still wine
Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Gran vino
Cabernet Franc 85 %
Malbec 15 %
Closure type
Brand website

About this winery

El Enemigo, “the enemy”. The struggle that most defines us in our lives is the one that we wage with our selves. We are all our own worst enemies. This is the credo behind the name on the label. The wines of El Enemigo are enigmatic, charismatic, and verging on iconoclastic. In that way the wines reflect their maker, Alejandro Vigil, an almost Picasso-like personality. “Ale”, as he is known, is the head winemaker at the iconic Bodega Catena Zapata, but he has many loves. He consults,...

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Tasting notes

"Adrianna and I make it in honor of the old Pomerol style where Cabernet Franc was blended with the other Bordeaux varieties," says Alejandro.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 98 points -

March 2021

The 2017 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard didn't show any heat or excess ripeness from a warm and dry year. On the contrary, it's austere and has citrus acidity, with great freshness and minerality. The palate is super austere with vibrant acidity—by far the highest among the Gran Enemigo bottlings—and very fine, chalky tannins. This is remarkable, serious, balanced and fresh with a very, very long and salty finish. This fermented in barrels with 100% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in centenary oak foudres for 15 months. 3,000 bottles were filled in July 2018.

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James Suckling

- 97 points -

May 2021

Pretty aromas of plum, blueberry, rose hip, lavender, sandalwood and oyster shell. It’s medium-to full-bodied with silky, seamless tannins. So pure and elegant with gorgeous layers of cool blue fruit. Saline and coffee notes, too. Long and evolving. Drink or hold.

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- 95 points -


El Enemigo obtains the grapes for this wine from the Adrianna Vineyard that Catena owns in the Monasterio zone at the foot of the hills of Jaboncillo in Gualtallary. Most of the blend (80%) is cabernet franc from 25-year-old vines, and the rest is malbec, all planted on calcareous and stony soils. After aging in foudres for 15 months, this wine has the area's characteristic exuberant aromas of flowers and sour cherries amid a rather friendly texture along with intense, razor-sharp acidity. Another Gran Enemigo Single Vineyards you'll need to keep your hands off of for at least five years.

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