It’s been a long time since I first heard of the top cuvée of Ribera Sacra based producer Dominio do Bibei. It seemed for a while to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, an enticing mirage of the desert, the cruel and empty promises of the hollow wood nymph – always just beyond reach and therefor ever more enticing.
In plain english it’s pretty bloody difficult to find. Until yesterday that is.
Bar Mut is a tiny restaurant located in the heart of Barcelona, hidden away crom the worst of the tourist assault yet easily accessible to those who care to look for it. Their kitchen is tiny and the menue simple, but when simple means perfectly fried scallops, one of the best polpo al Galega I’ve ever had and heaps of perfectly prepared foi gras then who needs complicated?!
After having enjoyed two bottles of Gramona Cava Brut Nature 2008 and a stunning and an extremely young Silex Didier Dagenau 2009 a bottle standing by itself caught my eye. There it was. The holy grail. The end of my long and frustrating search. The Lacima 2009…
Dark, inky color with transparent edges. Medium intense aroma with elements of garrigue, gunpowder, black currants, wild blueberries and goose blood.
Fresch, cold acidity, focused tannins and lovely long finish. Extremely young, but showing great promise.
It was worth the wait.