Franck MassardWebsite : www.epicure-wines.com
Crowned the UK’s best sommelier in 1996, Frenchman Franck Massard is fast forging an even more illustrious reputation as a winemaker, branching out on his own after falling in love with Catalunya – and Priorat in particular – while working for Torres.
Universally, these are wines of character which have a story to tell, sourced from vineyards that often endure extremes of altitude, steep slopes and marginal growing conditions. They include a return for Huellas (‘footprints’), Franck’s much-prized Priorat with which he began his winemaking career.
Distinctive rosado Más Amor (‘more love’) wears its Barcelona heart on its label, which depicts a piece of graffiti from that great city, photographed on Valentine’s Day 2010 and torn down by demolition workers just days later.
Meanwhile, organic Garnacha El Mago (‘the wizard’) is both a tribute to Franck’s children, daughter Maya and son Hugo, and a nod to Hugo’s infatuation with Harry Potter. Massard Jnr even designed the label – not bad for a five-year old!
Other wines by this producer
This moderately ruby/purple-hued wine exhibits complex aromas of liquorice, roasted herbs, sweet cassis and cherries, smoked meat, and spices. A light style of Garnacha offering an elegant, surprisingly silky and vibrant wine.
El Brindis is packed with red and black fruit, displaying herbal scents of thyme and eucalyptus and some toasty spice. There’s a certain Mediterranean generosity and concentration of fruit combined with elegant restraint of this great high altitude terroir.
Licis is the name of a single plot where the grapes are grown and harvested to make this elegant red wine. This wine offers straightforward fruit; raspberry, cherry, violets, lavender and dry roses. An extremely well-balanced wine which displays fresh and intense aromas with soft tannins.