R. Barbier Clos Mogador Priorat 2010
The Grenache dominant blend may vary slightly from year to year. It’s ‘basket pressed’ in an old, repurposed olive press and most of it is aged in 500 litre French oak casks for one year. After blending, the wine spends the second winter in vat. Interestingly no stainless steel is used. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
“… a magnificent example of what Spain can produce at the top quality level.” Robert Parker.
“... suave and sophisticated. Clos Mogador, 40 per cent Grenache, 35 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 per cent Syrah and small quantities of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Mourvèdre, an eclectic mixture but what a wine it produces.” Wine Spectator.
“It has a stricter, fresher bouquet than the 2009, with great minerality and sparkling precision. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and wonderful purity. It exhibits notes of dark cherries, crushed stone, slate and touches of thyme and white pepper towards the finish, which has immense precision and focus. This is going to be a razor-sharp Clos Mogador - do not wait to place your order!” Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate #200, 94-96 points.