Red Wine Clos Mogador 2017
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So, here it is. The new vintage of Clos Mogador. A wine that would be in any "100 wines you must try before you die" list worthy of that name.
Produced in the Priorat DO, this is the second vintage this Spanish red wine bears the label "Vi de Finca Qualificada" (meaning single-vineyard wine), the highest official quality distinction granted in Catalonia.
This red wine is crafted by the great René Barbier Sr. He is the man who, along with other pioneers such as Álvaro Palacios and Josep Lluís Pérez, had the wonderfully foolish idea of bringing back to life a world-class wine region that was on the verge of complete oblivion two and a half decades ago.
An uncompromising, wild, terroir-oriented wine, Clos Mogador 2017 is made from a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes come from the 20 hectares of vineyards owned by the winery. They are located at an average altitude of 350 metres above sea level, on a natural amphitheatre made of the slate, llicorella soil that gives the wine its trademark, one-of-a-kind Priorat minerality.
Harvested at an optimal ripening state, the grapes were vinified in little vats and underwent a long period of skin maceration. Then this wine by the Clos Mogador winery was aged for 18 months, partly in 300-litre oak barrels and partly in a 2,000-litre oak tank.
If there is a wine that requires patience and deserves attention, this is it. So, we emphatically suggest that you decant this red wine from Priorat wine for at least 3 h before you drink it. Longer decantations greatly improve the wine.
Drink now until 2035.
As for the scores, suffice it to say that the 2005 and the 2012 vintages got 98 points from Robert Parker.
The red wine Clos Mogador has a very bright, intense, high crimson-coloured robe with bluish tinges.
It is extremely important to let this red wine from Priorat breathe. Then we will find notes of blueberries, redcurrants, blackberries, along with an underlying layer of cinnamon, vanilla, clove, an even deeper layer of wet earth, dry stone and ash, and some enticing overtones of blue flowers, incense and sandalwood. Mr. René Barbier knows how to convey an impressive complexity and a finesse which is out of this world.
Exuberant, complex, majestic. This Vi de Finca embodies the spirit of its land in the most moving manner one can imagine. Impressive tension, mighty acidity, a superb texture and an overall wild character, enhanced by the trademark, unique Priorat minerality. Having said that, we must bear in mind that this Clos Mogador is still in the making, as its elements are slowly coming together.
|Our personal opinion||
One of the best wines of our catalogue. The fact that we can make a gem like Clos Mogador 2017 available to our customers is something we consider a privilege.
Clos Mogador 2015:
Enterwine 95. Parker 97.
Clos Mogador 2012:
Parker 98. Enterwine 94.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Four hours before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Percentage of variety||Garnacha Tinta 45%, Cariñena 29%, Syrah 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%.|
|Pairings||Alone, Birds, Bull meat, Chocolate, Civet, Duck, Game animals, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted pork, Roasted red meats, Stew, Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
I raise my hat for you, Mr. Barbier. (Posted on 22/03/2019)
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- René the magician