AN INVITATION TO A WINE DINNER WITH CLOS FIGUERAS
On September 18th, chef Cathal Armstrong & Restaurant Eve would like to invite you to a wine dinner featuring Clos Figueras and the opportunity to taste outstanding wines from the Catalonia region of Spain, specially paired with a spectacular six-course dinner showcasing local bounty.
Monday, September 18 • 7 PM
$200 per guest (plus tax and gratuity)
Please RSVP by contacting us at (703) 706-0450, or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Vineyard
Clos Figueras & Les Figueres Restaurant are a new concept of wine tourism in the very heart of Priorat wine country - Gratallops. Owned by Christopher Cannan and headed up by his daughter, Anne Joséphine Cannan, this new Wine & Food complex is destined to become the hub of Priorat wine tourism.
It was one day July 1997 that a world-renowned winemaker showed Christopher Cannan and his wife Charlotte an abandoned vineyard just north of Gratallops called 'Figueres'. The same day the entire Cannan family jumped into their car and followed this winemaker to Barcelona. It was on a pavement café beneath Gaudi’s “La Pedrera” building on the Paseo de Gracia that we met a charming widow and school teacher, owner of the vineyard. Negotiations were rapid and easy, land values being very reasonable at the time. By October 1997 the purchase was completed and the hard work commenced. The estate which we called Clos Figueras : 'Clos' because it consisted of 10 hectares all in one piece and the prefix to most of the new wines on the Priorat scene and 'Figueras' in honor of the two magnificent fig trees on the property.
Initially the terrain had to be prepared for planting. Having been abandoned for 8 years there was much work to do on the terraces. A grove of centuries old olive trees and a few rows of mostly 20 years old Carignan vines were recuperated but most of the remaining hectares had to be replanted.
Christopher travelled to the Southern Rhône valley to visit a specialized nursery and select the vines to be planted after grafting onto American root stock. He privileged the local Grenache Noir, also the Syrah, Mourvedre, a few Cabernet Sauvignon vines and a little Viognier to complement the Syrah as in Côte Rôtie. — Winerist