Catalunya

2015

Priorat and Montsant escaped the harvest rains unscathed in 2015, and producers are very enthused about the quality. Potentially the best harvest of the last five years.

2014

Quite a lot of rot at harvest due to humid conditions. Together with modest temperatures throughout the summer, this is a lighter and fresher vintage – especially when compared with the more typically full 2013s.

2013

Very healthy fruit at harvest, with lots of promise across the varieties. Good quality, and higher yields than in 2012.

2012

Greater elegance than 2011, with Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon thriving in the warm, dry conditions. Yields were down by up to 25% in some areas, however.

2011

Very hot throughout August and September, creating some dehydration. Immensely powerful wines with a great deal of flesh.

2010

Hot in early summer, becoming cooler toward the end, allowing slow and gradual ripening into autumn. Alcohol levels are rather lower than usual. Reds are better than whites.