“One of Priorat’s over-achievers.” – Jancis Robinson on Mas Doix, JancisRobinson.com, December 2017
Mas Doix is a family-owned winery producing wines that transmit the inherent values of the vineyard and characteristic terroir of the Priorat region. The winery was created by the Doix and Llagostera families in 1998, carrying on a tradition that began in 1850. In 1888, the wine of early patriarch Juan Extrems Doix won the gold medal in the Barcelona Universal Exhibition. The outbreak of phylloxera in the late 19th century did not spell the end of the family’s vineyards. Instead, they were replanted with Garnacha and Cariñena, varieties native to the Priorat region.
For the last century, the passion and perseverance of the Doix family have ensured the health of 15 hectares of vineyards. Mas Doix’s Estate Vineyards in Poboleda are ideal terroir for growing superb grapes. Geographically, Poboleda is located in the north-eastern corner of the Priorat. It is protected by two natural barriers, the northwest-facing Montsant and the southeast-facing Serra del Mollo. Being close to both barriers, Poboleda can take advantage of the colder breeze that cools the entire valley. This lower temperature results in a long, late harvest and maturation process. The properties of the sloped vineyards, with unique llicorella slate soil and rootstock between 70 and 105-years old, produce a balanced, low-tonnage crop.
“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.” – Jeb Dunnuck on Mas Doix, February 2018