A field blend of Macabeu, Grenache Gris, and Grenache Blanc, and a blend of 2021 and 2022 vintages from. The refusal of the 2021 vintage to ferment led to the idea, a whole year later, to blend it with the juice of 2022. Salt-crusted peaches are at the forefront of this quaffable yet pensive cuvée.
Vintage: 60% 2021, 40% 2022
Grapes: Macabeu, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc
Style: White Wine
ABV: 13 %
Region: Côtes Catalanes
Sub-Region or Appellation: Calce
Age of Vines: 90+ yrs
Vinification: Both vintages direct-pressed and blended before bottling
Aging: 2021 aged for 11 months in barrels, 2022 went straight from tank to bottling
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: None added
NADA is a collaboration between Raph Baissas de Chastenet and Oscar Mancillas, two friends who, through a chance encounter, decided they had something important to say about Calce. It is a project dreamed up over several bottles at their local watering hole, Native in Perpignan—the same bar where they met. It is an endeavor born of the idea to collaborate on 1,000L of wine, which immediately turned into 10,000L of wine since they got along so well. It is the evolution of Raph and Oscar’s friendship—an unlikely connection between a Calce native and an itinerant winemaker from Ensenada, Mexico.
Their wines are incredibly generous and soulful, inspiring the same thirst they promise to quench. They are a delight hiding in plain sight.
Calce itself, in many ways, is the third dimension to their relationship. It’s a diorama of a place: a village so quiet you can hear the wind bouncing off creaky wooden windowsills. Yet it is also of natural winemaking lore. Within this sleepy still-life lies a vibrant culture of organic viticulture and native yeasts. You’d be hard-pressed to find a single drop of conventional wine in Le Presbytère, the restaurant dedicated entirely to local wines nestled in the center of the village. When you roamed the surrounding streets, you’d find door after door of garage wineries, painted in alternating playful and somber colors. Sandwiched somewhere between the likes of Jean-Philippe Padié and Severin Barioz, you’d find Raph and Oscar.