The Salanques vineyards are situated 450 metres above sea level on steep hillsides composed of Priorat’s unique black llicorella slate soil. The wine is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, and 10% Syrah. The Garnacha and Cariñena vines are between 70 and 90 years old, the Syrah are younger. This is a balanced, concentrated, remarkable elegant wine that speaks to the skill and focus of the Mas Doix team.
Fruit is harvested by hand from the steeply-sloping vineyards, then transported to the winery in small crates. After sorting, the fruit is de-stemmed and fermented as individual berries in small lots. The wine aged for 14 months in old and new French oak barrels before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
“Mas Doix is the project of two related families, the Doix and Llagosteras who farm 19 hectares of vines near the village of Poboleda. They cultivate six vineyards, three of them driving the names of the cuvées at the estate: Crestes, Salanques and Doix. Crestes is the youngest site and is a three-hectare vineyard planted mostly to Garnatxa, which makes up the bulk of the Crestes cuvée. There’s roughly 10% each of Syrah and Cariñena that make it into this cuvée and it’s brought up all in neutral oak. The Salanques vineyard is a steep, three-hectare site located near the village of Poboleda. It consists of 70- to 90-year-old Garnatxa and Carinyena planted at an elevation between 350 and 450 meters above sea level. A small amount of Syrah is also blended into the Salanques cuvée and it sees 12 months in French oak. The Doix Vineyard is the oldest vineyard of the estate and is a steep, natural amphitheater ranging from 350 meters above sea level to 500 meters above sea level. The fractured llicorella soils that dominate the region and the old vines here go back to 1902. The Doix Costers del Vinyes Velles cuvée is roughly equal parts Carinyena and Garnacha and is aged all in new French oak. In addition to the single vineyard cuvées, they also release a 1902 cuvée made from the oldest vines of Carinyena planted in the Doix vineyard. Fermented in tank with a long maceration followed by aging in new French oak barrels, this spectacular wine is one of the top examples of Carinyena in the world. Unfortunately, it’s made in tiny quantities and is almost impossible to find in the marketplace.”
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Feb 2018
“Poboleda is another village where Cariñena excels, and the 1902 old-vine cuvée from Mas Doix can be a very good example. If last time I was delighted because I had two vintages of that wine, this time I got three! Could it be that they are selling at a faster pace now? A similar blend of 65% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 10% Syrah resulted in a 2015 Salanques with higher ripeness and notably lower acidity, reflecting a much warmer and drier year. It’s ripe and with lots of earthiness, mineral and characterful, with ripe fruit without excess, elegant tannins and a polished, sleek texture within the rusticity of the zone. 18,000 bottles were filled in March 2017.”
92+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2018
“The 2015 Salanques comes from a steep, three-hectare vineyard located near the village of Poboleda. This deep ruby/purple colored beauty offers a stunning bouquet of blueberries, raspberries, violets, and hints of resinous herbs and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with a light, graceful, elegant texture that just glides across the palate, It’s not huge, but has plenty of intensity and length.”
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Feb 2018