From its founding in the early 1990s, by famed Spanish singer Lluis Llach and notary Enric Costa, Celler Vall Llach has been governed by a commitment to rigor and quality. The winery lies in the tiny village of Porrera, in southern Catalonia, in the highly-acclaimed D.O.Q. Priorat. Albert Costa, son of co-founder Enric Costa, is the winemaker at Celler Vall Llach.
The magnificent century-old vineyard estates of Celler Vall Llach are home to 60- to 90-year-old Carinena and Garnacha vines. Old vines naturally produce low yields, and Celler Vall Llach further reduces yields through careful vineyard management for densely concentrated wines. Vineyards climb steep slate (llicorella) hillsides, receiving optimum sun exposure and beneficial water deprivation, further concentrating the fruit. Newer plantings of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah add complexity to the old-vine character.
The resulting wines—Vall Llach, Idus, and Embruix— have received high critical acclaim. Vall Llach, the winery's flagship wine, is a blend of Cariñena, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with deep cherry color and aromas of dark fruit, dried herbs, and spice supported by a ripe yet delicate tannin structure. The 2007 vintage was awarded 94 points by Wine Advocate. Idus de Vall Llach is a blend of Cariñena, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Syrah. A focus on old-vine fruit imparts earthy aromas and hints of licorice and chocolate covered cherries that carry all the way through the lengthy finish. The 2007 vintage of Idus de Vall Llach was awarded 92 points by Wine Advocate. Embruix de Vall Llach, a blend of Garnacha, Carinena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, has mature red and black fruit aromas accented by a range of toasty notes, including freshly roasted coffee. The 2009 vintage was awarded 90 points by the Wine Spectator.