Clos Mogador Priorat "Les Gratallops" 2021


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Alcohol: 15%

Grape(s): 49% Garnacha, 29% Cariñena, 16% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Localization: Priorat, Spain

Tasting Notes: By its depth and finesse, this wine calls for gastronomy. Throughout its life, it will marry perfectly with the animals and wild fruits that one finds around the Domaine, in particular game. These are the oppositional accords, these magnificent accords between the raw side of the meat and the sensation of the freshness of the wine on the palate, this minerality that makes you salivate. At first, we prefer wild poultry, like a pigeon in a crust of aromatic herbs. Then, if you let this nectar evolve, game accompanied by black olives or melanosporum truffle will make a perfect match.

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: The wine is more tannic and a little astringent despite now having any time in barrels anymore; as of 2020, it matures exclusively in 2,000-liter oak foudre, and the impact of the wood is milder. A very good result, it's powerful but has good balance. The vintage is more tannic, and the quality of the tannins is not the same as those in the past, as they couldn't wait for better tannins because of the risk of losing acidity and freshness.

The Domain: René Barbier led the original Priorat movement, proving that exciting and unique fine wines could be made in this forgotten corner of Spanish Catalonia. At Clos Mogador, he nursed back to life abandoned old vineyards planted on steep schist hillsides, where the ancient Grenache and Carignan vines had learnt to struggle against the aridity by sending roots 25 metres down in search of water and nutrients, yielding less than 10 hectolitres per hectare of intense, concentrated and supercomplex juice. The estate became firmly established as the number one address in the appellation, with a bulging press book to back this claim. But Clos Mogador is much more, a thriving ecosystem and a celebration of biodiversity, a blueprint for living "terroir."

Robert Parker once said of Clos Mogador that the wines are "stunning examples of what Spain can produce but so rarely does". This is more true now than ever, because compared with the large numbers of ambitious "alto espreccion" Spanish wines that have come on stream these last few years, Mogador has not just concentration and complexity, but also energy, vitality and a genuine soul.