Têtu was born of a shared devotion to Maury’s old-vine Grenache and is a collaboration between ourselves and American distributer Kimberly Jones. Working alongside local growers in premium sites with vines over 60 years of age we have created a new cuvee that displays all the complexities of the local terroir with finesse, depth and old-vine concentration. Têtu literally translates as obstinate or unyielding. The Catalan donkey or Ruc Catalá on the label serves to remind us of these stubborn old vines persevering in the toughest of soils and harshest of climates to deliver wines of unique style and expression.
“Made by Richard Case, who’s the genius behind the Department 66 wines, the 2015 Cotes Catalanes Tetu is close to 100% Grenache and from a top selection of vineyards owned by the co-op in Maury. There’s roughly 7,000 cases of this beauty and it offers loads of sweet red fruits, (strawberries, cherries), pepper, iris and exotic spices in a medium to full-bodied, supple and sexy style that’s about as drinkable as they come. Count me as a fan and it’s a terrific value.” 91 points – Jeb Dunnock – The Wine Advocate (April 2017).
“The 2014 Côtes Catalanes Têtu is 100% Grenache that’s aged all in older oak barrels. It offers beautiful dark fruits, savory spice, graphite and a touch of licorice to go with a medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy style. There’s a touch of underlying firm tannin, but this has more texture and fruit than most and should drink well right out of the gate.” 89-91 points – Jeb Dunnock – The Wine Advocate (April 2016).
“The 2013 Côtes Catalanes Têtu is all Grenache and was aged in equal parts concrete tank and old barrels. It’s a nicely fruited, forward, sexy effort that has lots of kirsch, wild herbs, licorice and dried earth aromas and flavors, medium to full-bodied richness, and a heady, lengthy finish. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.” 90 points – Jeb Dunnock – The Wine Advocate (April 2015)