FOU (ravine) // Narrow pass // Gorge or narrow pass where a stream or rainfall course opens up. Characteristic of the landscape of the Terra Alta area.
In 2007, Ramon Roqueta Segalés, younger member of a family with a long-standing tradition in the world of wine, decided to embark on a personal project: LaFou Celler in Terra Alta, one of the most authentic wine-growing areas with a long history and major potential.
The LaFou winery lies at the very centre of Batea, in the village’s main square. In ancient times, this was the site of a large reservoir of water that supplied the people of the village and, above all, its livestock. In 1787, the decision was made to eliminate it for hygiene reasons, but this was not achieved until two years later when, thanks to the channelling of the Llavar spring and the construction of the Botera fountain, running water reached the village. In 1803, the reservoir was definitively covered and the main square of Batea was built, thus encouraging the urban growth of the locality.
Apparently, the olive oil mill, which existed in the building from 1780, was unable to continue operating without the water reservoir, therefore it was sold to the Figueras family, who turned the building into their home.
Today it is owned by the Roqueta family, who have renovated it to create a unique space with all the facilities of a modern winery. This intervention has revealed the different elements used in the production and storage of wine and olive oil, and other architectural features, such as ancestral capitals and old fermentation tanks, thus showing the qualities typical of manor house constructions in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The winery also has a completely renovated inner courtyard, which is equipped with the finest systems for selection and care of the grapes, with the aim of maintaining the distinguishing characteristics of the region in the varieties cultivated on its territory.
Lafou El Sender
"From the highest altitude and the most southerly appellation in Catalonia comes this juicy little number. Mostly Grenache with some Syrah, Mourvedre and other grapes, it is fresh and vibrant with plummy red cherry fruit. The tannins are smooth and there are well-integrated oak characters on the finish." 18/20 (93 points), Decanter Magazine, August 2014
"From the Catalan region and made predominantly of Garnacha with some Syrah and the local grape Morenillo. Very subtle, but nicely so, with bright red fruits and crisp acidity. It has finesse and polished tannins and the oak is restrained, leaving the fruit to shine through. A food-friendly style of wine." 17.75/20 (92 points), Decanter Magazine, December 2014
"The use of oak is restrained here (one of the distinguishing features of this impressive Terra Alta winery) allowing the fruit to express itself. It's a subtle, finely crafted blend of mostly Garnacha with 30% Syrah and 10% Morenillo (yup, I had to to look that one up, too), showing, sweet red fruits, subtle vanilla spice, bright acidity and polished tannins." 91 points, Tim Atkin MW
Lafou Els Amelers
"Light gold. Fresh pear, nectarine and Meyer lemon on the mineral-accented nose. Gently chewy in texture, with bitter pear skin and anise flavors braced by juicy acidity. Finishes long and chewy, with a touch of succulent herbs and a lingering bitter quinine note." 90 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Made entirely from Garnacha Blanca, this delicately oaked white is creamy and herbal, with lovely texture, pear and honeysucke fruit. a touch of aniseed and a taut, minerally finish." 92 points, Tim Atkin MW