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.
“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