Terroir al Límit Priorat Manyes 2017

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The Wine Advocate
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TACA201716 UCAU
$550.00 Per item
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Vi d’altura, the equivalent of Grand Cru wine. High in the Montsant ranges, the Manyes vineyard is located at the remarkable altitude of 800 metres (the highest in Priorat). This cool, north-facing vineyard is only 1.4 hectares, and the vines are now about 54 years old. While Les Tosses is planted to Cariñena on pure llicorella slate, Les Manyes is predominantly clay with elements of quartz and limestone, and is planted almost exclusively to Garnatxa. It’s a site that produces a Priorat Grenache like no other—if we had to put forward a single bottling that symbolises the unique wines of Dominik Huber, then this would be it. It is the antithesis of Priorat’s blockbuster image with the intensity, finesse and transparency of a great Grand Cru Burgundy. Huber ferments this cuvée with 100% whole bunches and indigenous yeasts, and as of the 2016 vintage, the wine has seen no contact with wood. As usual, there is even greater finesse in the mouth than the Tosses. Yes, it is expensive, but again we’re talking about one of Spain’s greatest reds, with a tariff that still remains about one-third of its closest Priorat competitor. While the 2017 did not bring home the big 100 (as did the 2016), Huber and Peceric profess to prefer this vintage as it’s a wine that points more towards the st(more...)
Vi d’altura, the equivalent of Grand Cru wine. High in the Montsant ranges, the Manyes vineyard is located at the remarkable altitude of 800 metres (the highest in Priorat). This cool, north-facing vineyard is only 1.4 hectares, and the vines are now about 54 years old. While Les Tosses is planted to Cariñena on pure llicorella slate, Les Manyes is predominantly clay with elements of quartz and limestone, and is planted almost exclusively to Garnatxa. It’s a site that produces a Priorat Grenache like no other—if we had to put forward a single bottling that symbolises the unique wines of Dominik Huber, then this would be it. It is the antithesis of Priorat’s blockbuster image with the intensity, finesse and transparency of a great Grand Cru Burgundy. Huber ferments this cuvée with 100% whole bunches and indigenous yeasts, and as of the 2016 vintage, the wine has seen no contact with wood. As usual, there is even greater finesse in the mouth than the Tosses. Yes, it is expensive, but again we’re talking about one of Spain’s greatest reds, with a tariff that still remains about one-third of its closest Priorat competitor. While the 2017 did not bring home the big 100 (as did the 2016), Huber and Peceric profess to prefer this vintage as it’s a wine that points more towards the st(more...)

Scores & Reviews

98 /

The Wine Advocate

… so next to the 2017 Les Manyes, I also had the 2018; it was great to see the differences in the wines, even if the analytical data showed pretty similar. This amazing vineyard at 800 meters in altitude on red clay and gypsum soils has more in common with some vineyards from Montsant than the majority of other vineyards from Priorat. In 2016, they started aging the wine 100% in concrete, and they have no intention of going back. This is quite austere and compact and has had a slow oxidation in concrete, and the wine feels quite stabilized and fresher than other 2017s but again perhaps not as deep as the 2018. It's not a showy vintage; it's quite subtle. It takes a long time to open up in the glass, and it's clearly the freshest of the 2017s