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Bodega Pou de Piques after life returns a little bit to normal

 

autumn coming at the bodega
autumn coming at the bodega
It has been a while since I visited Bodega Pou de Piques due to Covid, Brexit, war and all the restrictions of movement and the myriad changes many are suffering.
Luscious lines of Cabernet Sauvignon
This made it even more of a pleasure to be invited again on a very hot Thursday at the end of August. The day even seemed normal as the heat dome had just eased.  My life is good in relation to most, I cannot complain, but still you would have to be an ostrich with its head in the sand not to notice that life has changed dramatically in every sense in this world.
The make-sift BBQ
The make-sift BBQ

An uncle was hanging around a very dubious sagging make-shift BBQ.  This was quickly abandoned and we visited the grapes.  The most important things first. The vines were much higher than before and the bottom leaves did not touch the ground. This was a vast improvement as it limits soil contamination. The fruit was plump and healthy.

The vines were higher andhealthier
The vines were higher and healthier

Despite the awful heat and many fires of this year, the leaves were verdant.  Domingo said they needed a week or two before the harvest of the first variety would start. He uses no pesticides so nothing looked perfect, but neither did it look bad. Actually, I prefer this. Those perfect publicity photos are clearly totally retouched.  Not even a leaf can have a hole. Holes are what happen in nature. It reminds me that when I shop for tomatoes, I pick the most distorted ones. They are always the best.

Real grapes and real leaves without pesticides
Real grapes and real leaves without pesticides

After circa 30 minutes I retreated from the oppressive heat for, despite a breeze, it felt as if I was being “air fried” to lobster red. Time to return to Domingo’s gorgeous house.  The welcome coolness of its thick walls embraced me and this was augmented by a fresh amazing sparkling cava from our area called  vinya natura.

Just amazing cava
Just amazing cava

Better than any champagne. We sat around the kitchen table and imbibed while the uncles got on with the BBQ. I am ashamed to say we finished the lot. Meanwhile Charlie the huge Alsatian sat at the top of the stairs to the vats and eyed us.

Charlie thought we were mad with the wines
Charlie thought we were mad with the wines

The meal was much as ever, that is to say, fabulous and simple. Salad, olives, bread and lots of meat – very smoky and aromatic despite the BBQ lack of stability. I told Dominigo it looked like It was about to fall down. His uncle backed me up!  They had been talking about a state of the art one for 4 years.

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a BBQ to dream for

None of this matters for the wines and cavas were incomparable.  I asked tactless questions like how much they cost. Domingo had no idea as all were presents. His as yet un-labelled Julia white was not to be bought but we had an un-labelled bottle and a bit of fresh from the vats. Sublime. I’m going to stick my neck out and say it is the best he has made so far. His red too. We shared a French red from Saint Julian, 2009 that he actually made, or helped make, when he was an apprentice there. You knew it was French, and it was superb. Give this vintage of his in Spain the same time and it will sparkle. Even more, I say.

A memorable french wine processed by Domingo
A memorable french wine processed by Domingo                photo J Mckeon

Domingo is bringing his French skills to this area and this is why his wine is exceptional. With the heat crisis it is not easy. Too high an alcohol content can spoil the jewels, but nevertheless he is succeeding. On top of this, he has to work selling aluminium windows during the week to finance his passion and dream. A man with a family that helps – what more can you ask for! Well, just that they love to have a good time!

Just before we left - I'm sure it went on for quite a while
Just before we left – I’m sure it went on for quite a while

Viva la Espana, and all the grafters and passionate entrepreneurs. And the one-offs!

Took my camera for a group shot with me. sadly I couldn't bear to use it - but he looks great
Took my camera for a group shot with me. sadly I couldn’t bear to use it – but he looks great. Love that Spanish skin.           Photo J McKeon

To see more photos of Pou de Piques click here 

8 Comments

  1. Norman Kenny
    September 10, 2022
    Reply

    Very interesting read and lovely pictures xxx

    • stephanie de leng
      September 10, 2022
      Reply

      thank you Norman

  2. Marcbernard
    September 10, 2022
    Reply

    It is so good to hear read and see the good things of life and forgo just for now the myriad of bad things happening in the world. Great input as ever. Thank you Stephanie.

    • stephanie de leng
      September 10, 2022
      Reply

      Thank you Marc. I have to admit I’ve been not in the mood for ages! What is happening to this world?

  3. Carol charlton
    September 9, 2022
    Reply

    A lovely piece on Domingo, Steph…..such a lovely day. Gorgeous photos as usual and so important to document our local producers. Keep it coming

    • stephanie de leng
      September 10, 2022
      Reply

      I’ll try!

  4. Ingrid Spiegl
    September 9, 2022
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    You are so much part of Spain; it’s wonderful how you’ve made so many local friends. This is how all peoples should be together. Congratulations: love your blogs.

    • stephanie de leng
      September 9, 2022
      Reply

      What can I say? James took the french bottle photo.

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