2019 Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Magnum
The famed Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary is perhaps the most studied vineyard in the world and is Catena's best vineyard for malbec. The vineyard is located at a respectable altitude of no less than 1480 meters. Only in this part (height and plot) can the Malbec vine absorb the optimal amount of nutrients, which ensures that this absolute grand cru among the Adriannas is remarkably expressive and distinctive. Since 2011, high-end Adrianna's have been produced under the name: Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae, the Adrianna Fortuna Terrae and the Adrianna River Stones.
The 2019 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae is lively and lively, beautifully structured and surprisingly fresh. The creamy and milky note when opening the (much too young bottle - this is almost baby murder) disappeared in the glass after a while and was replaced by fresher notes, almost citrus. At Catena Zapata they also made a selection of individual plants. They used a high percentage of full bunches and fermented it in concrete with native yeasts and aged it for 18 months in used oak barrels. This has to be one of the most beautiful vintages for the Mundus Bacillus Terrae. In November 2020, 5,500 bottles were filled. This is a great Malbec and the wine has received a whopping 98/100 Points from Parker and 97/100 James Suckling. Parker says, " The wine has ripeness but also the high acidity from the high-altitude vineyards that makes it very lively, beautifully textured, balanced and elegant. "
Bodega Catena Zapata is considered the flagship of Argentina's wineries. Robert Parker's statement says a lot: 'when all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference, the standard of excellence'. The Mundus Bacillus Terrae and the Nicolas are the top wines and these 2 are not distributed through the regular importers but are distributed through the Place du Bordeaux where wine can happily buy.
This is a scarce 1.5 liter magnum in a beautiful box.
The leading house Catena Zapata has been active in Argentinian viticulture for 4 generations. Bodega Catena Zapata was founded by Nicola Catena who left Italy by sailing ship to Argentina in 1898. He eventually ended up in Mendoza and planted his first vineyard here in 1902 with the grape variety Malbec. His son, Domingo, inherited the winery and realized his father's dream of becoming one of the greatest vineyard owners in Mendoza.
In the 1960s, the winery went through a difficult period due to the poor economy and rising inflation. Nicolás Catena, Domingo's son with an economics degree, took over in the mid-1960s and concentrated on expanding distribution in Argentina. He sold the table wine producing winery and kept only Bodegas Esmeralda, the winery of fine wines.
Argentina was known at the time as a bulk wine producing country and Nicolás was therefore considered crazy. But he insisted on looking for the best locations to plant vineyards, including in Gualtallary at high altitudes. In the 1980s he started to plant the grape varieties Chardonnay and Malbec. According to his own vineyard manager, the latter grape would never ripen here, but fortunately for Nicolás he did.
It took him five years before he was completely satisfied with the Malbec grape in the 60-year-old Angélica vineyard for the production of the Catena Malbec in 1994. A little later he started producing the Catena Alta wines, from the best plots. from its vineyards. He also grew many clones of the Malbec and managed to find the most suitable vineyard for each of them.
In the late 90s he started making some top cuvées which he called Catena Zapata (after the name of his mother Angélica Zapata). These wines are produced exclusively in exceptionally good years. Bodega Catena Zapata produces five different lines, mostly from vineyards at an altitude of 900 meters or more: Catena Zapata, Catena Alta, Catena, Alamos and Argento.
|Type of Wine
|Icon South America
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe