Clos Mogador Priorat 2016

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CMGS201610 UCAU
  • Clos Mogador is renowned for its commitment to quality and its dedication to crafting exceptional wines, located in the heart of Priorat, has a rich history of producing wines that consistently receive high acclaim from critics and wine enthusiasts worldwide.
  • 98/100 -Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"There is a lively sensation on the palate, vivacious and with very fine tannins."
  • An intoxicating bouquet of ripe red fruits, blackberries, and cherries, accompanied by hints of spice, liquorice, and floral notes and the pallet witnesses a remarkable balance between power and elegance with ripe fruit flavours with a touch of minerality.
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    $199.00
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  • Luis Gutierrez
    98 points
  • Josh Raynolds
    94 points
  • Decanter
    92 points

Editors notes

Clos Mogador Priorat 2016 is an exceptional wine that truly captures the essence of the Priorat region in Spain.
The 2016 vintage is particularly noteworthy. This year, the weather conditions in Priorat were ideal, allowing the grapes to ripen to perfection. The resulting wine is a testament to the exceptional terroir of the region, displaying a unique and distinctive character.

Upon opening a bottle of Clos Mogador Priorat 2016, you will be greeted with an intoxicating bouquet of ripe red fruits, blackberries, and cherries, accompanied by hints of spice, licorice, and floral notes. The wine's complexity is further enhanced by its well-integrated oak, which adds layers of vanilla and toast.

On the palate, the wine exhibits a remarkable balance between power and elegance. The ripe fruit flavors are beautifully intertwined with a touch of minerality, showcasing the unique characteristics of the Priorat region. The tannins are firm yet refined, providing structure and ensuring a long and satisfying finish.

Clos Mogador Priorat 2016 is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but it also possesses excellent aging potential. If you choose to cellar it, the wine will continue to evolve and develop, rewarding you with even greater complexity and depth over time.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Red Fruits
    • Redcurrant
    • Smoky
  • Palate
    • Earthy
    • Jammy
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Luis Gutierrez

    98
    "Keeping the classical profile, the 2016 Clos Mogador has been fine tuned, reducing the French grapes, and it matured approximately 18 months in oak foudre and barriques. There is a lively sensation on the palate, vivacious and with very fine tannins. It has a meaty touch and feels really young , despite the long élevage. There is a strong mineral sensation on the palate, something that is a texture and mouthfeel rather than a flavor. This is an unusual, fresh vintage. 29,000 bottles produced."
  • Josh Raynolds

    94
    "Youthful purple. Spice- and mineral-accented blackberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille scents, along with hints of vanilla and licorice in the background. Displays deeply concentrated black/blue fruit, spicecake and smoky mineral qualities that become more lively as the wine opens up. Finishes with impressive dark fruit intensity, with no rough edges on the impressively long, mineral-driven finish."
  • Decanter

    92
    "Full of rich fruit with a balancing layer of savoury oak. Chalky and rigorous tannins, yet taut and imposing in its peroration."

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Locations

Spain

Spain is definitely one of the new-world players to keep an eye on. It is the land of old-vines, american oak and sherry! The main varieties grown in Spain are Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) in the reds, and Airén, Viura/Macabeo, Verdejo and Albarino for the whites. Lesser grown whites include Palomino. Other reds successfully cultivated include Carignan, Mourvedre and Mencia.

Although Spain can be quite a warm country, the vast majority of vineyards are 600m or so above sea level, so the cooler nights allow the grapes to develop full colour and acidity.

Rioja is undoubtedly the long-standing king of all the Spanish wine regions, where Tempranillo and Garnacha are commonly blended. However more recently many more regions have come to the forefront of interest. Ribera Del Duero is producing excellent Tempranillo blends rivalling those coming out of Rioja. Jerez in the South is the home of the fortified wine Sherry.

Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. These include:

  • Denominación de Origen Calificada (formerly called DOCa) Priorat calls itself DOQ for Denominació d'Origen Qualificada in Catalan and has a track record of consistent quality and is meant to be a step above DO level.
  • Denominación de Origen (DO)- Used for mainstream-quality wine regions. Nearly two thirds of the total vineyard area in Spain is within the boundaries of a DO region.
  • Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD) - This is somewhat of a stepping stone to DO status.
  • Vinos de la Tierra (VdIT) - A level similar to France's vin de pays system, where the regions are much larger.
  • Vino de Mesa (VdM)- The equivalent of 'table wines' from France or Italy

Catalonia

Catalonia is a region in the northeast of Spain, known for its warm Mediterranean climate and exceptional wines. The vineyards of Catalonia are mostly located south of Barcelona and are spread across the coastal plain and hills to the west. The region comprises ten denominated wine regions that concentrate on producing Mediterranean red grape varieties like Garnacha and Carignan (known as Samsó or Cariñena) and white varieties like Garnacha Blanca and Xarelᐧlo. Other grape varieties like Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Trepat are also grown throughout the region. White varieties Parellada and Macabeo (known as Viura in Rioja) are used for Spain's premium sparkling wine, Cava.

Catalonian wines are known for their high alcohol content, full-bodied nature, and powerful minerality, owing to the chalky, granite, and slate soils on which the grapes are grown. These unique soils impart a distinct flavor profile to the wines, making them stand out among other wines. Apart from Garnacha and Carignan, the region has also seen an increase in plantings of international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are used to make high-quality wines. The region is also known for producing unique white wines, thanks to the use of local varieties like Xarelᐧlo and Garnacha Blanca, which impart a distinct flavor to the wines. Overall, Catalonia is a region that produces exceptional wines, thanks to its unique climate, soils, and grape varieties.

Priorat

Priorat is a small wine region in Catalonia in Spain’s northeast corner. The region is known for its esteemed, intensely flavoured red wines. This mountainside area enjoys long, hot, and dry summers with little annual rainfall. These are ideal grapegrowing conditions for the region’s primary – and late-ripening – grapes: Garnacha (or Grenache) and Cariñena (or Carignan). Almost all Priorat red wines contain some measure of these two grapes. In the best expressions of Priorat wines, expect aromas of red and black fruit, including redcurrant, red plum, black plum, black cherry, and blackcurrant. Toasty notes from new French oak are also often present. On the palate, you’ll find some minerality owing to the local licorella red-slate and mica soils, as well as saline and spice, such as cardamom and cinnamon. The wines are typically deep-coloured, with high tannin levels, moderate acidity, and high alcohol levels (usually 14% or higher ABV).

About the brand Clos Mogador

Rene Barbier is the winemaker behind Clos Mogador and it is he who has conferred worldwide recognition to Priorat. He has enabled this region on the wild hills above Tarragona (near the northeast coast of Spain) to become one of the most prestigious vineyards in Spain.

Thanks to this Frenchman (originally from the Cotes-du-Rhone), who settled here in the 1980s, Priorat has now become one of the country’s most renowned wine regions. Housed in an old property that he bought at Gratallops, he created his own vineyard in this region known for its shale land. About 15 years ago, this village comprised of around one hundred inhabitants, now there are more than a thousand.

Rene Barbier studied in Burgundy, then at the University of Bordeaux before numerous stints across France, notably at Chateau Petrus! In 1989, he harvested his first grapes, which came after ten years of hard work - during which he combined his work selling wine during the week with his passion of developing his vineyards and building his house on the weekends. In order to produce the best wine, Barbier employs new technologies while also building and maintaining his diverse wine knowledge. Attention to detail is taken to the extreme with his estate, promoting biodiversity by planting fruit trees, almond trees, olive trees and flowers between the vines. During harvest, he determines the exact timing for pruning each plant. Even better the harvested grapes are sorted by hand, one by one, before moving them into a vertical manual press, more than a century old that was recovered from an old cellar!

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