Wine Advocate 89 points - Lafou Celler is the personal project of Ramon Roqueta whose family owns Abadal in Pla del Bages. It is a blend of Garnacha and Garnacha Peluda (together representing 75% with some vines up to 60-years old), 15% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 300-litre barrels of Hungarian and French oak for 12 months (new, second and third year). It has a defined, liquorice-scented bouquet with faint briny notes emerging with time in the glass. The medium-bodied palate displays fresh blackberry, balsamic, minerals and a touch of red peppercorn. It has a gritty texture but good tension and freshness, the prudent new oak allowing the fruit and terroir to express itself. Drink 2013-2020.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - After early aromas of grass and alfalfa, this Garnacha-led blend offers dark-berry scents with minty accents. The palate on De Batea is firm to the point of being hard, with gritty tannins. Flavors of raisin, black currant and herbal hints end with prune and licorice. This is very good but lacks the clarity and balance of an excellent wine. (Oct 2013)