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Cellar Mas Doix
Cellar Mas Doix
The story of Mas Doix (pronounced “Mass Doitch”) begins in 1850. While war, economics, and phylloxera prevented 150 years of uninterrupted vintages, in 1998, the Doix & Llagostera families revived their estate near Poboleda, in southern Catalonia. Today they are leaders in quality and their wines are among the most highly regarded in the region.
Their wines capture the unique micro-climate formed by the Montsant mountains and the Mediterranean: the hilly, wavy terroir; the unique schist “llicorella” soil; the overall intensity of the region.
The wines of Priorat are dark, deeply fruited, full-bodied, and framed in oak, with dense minerality at the core. The best wines use high proportions of Carignane, a once maligned and now highly-coveted grape variety.
The wines below are available in limited quantity. We will accept your requests for a limited time, and when we close this offer we will aim to satisfy as many requests as possible. No payment is due until the time of delivery. As always, we sell only by the unmixed case. These wines will arrive by the end of 2019.
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Salanques comes from a steep, three-
hectare vineyard near the village of Poboleda. They say that Salanques embodies “balance, intensity and purity and transmits the authentic character of Priorat.” Without a doubt, a regionally definitive wine.
Salanques is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Carignane (both between 70 and 90 years old) and 10% Syrah from younger vines. The winemakers select single berries for fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and the wines age for 14 months in French oak barrels, new and once filled.
“The 2016 Salanques checks in as 65% Grenache (from 80-year-old vines) and the balance Carignane and Syrah, all of which was de-stemmed and spent 14 months in new and once-used barrels. Giving up a rocking bouquet of plum and blueberry fruits intermixed with plenty of minerality, violets, and hints of iodine, it’s medium to full-bodied, loaded with fruit, has a stacked mid-palate, and loads of character. 2019-2027” 94 points, JebDunnuck.com, April 2019
Years ago the Catalonian government initiated a pull-out program, endorsing farmers to rip out their Carignane and plant Grenache and other preferred varietals. Carignane is a vigourous vine, and it can produce a lot of fruit but at diminished quality. Much Carignane was being made into “jug wine”, and in turn it was giving the grape and region a poor reputation.
When crop load is controlled and if the vines are very old, Carignane produces rich, round, full-bodied, vibrant red wine with soft tannins and bright acidity. The best can age gracefully. It is my current obsession.
“The 2015 Doix Costers De Vinyes Velles comes from 55% old vine Carignane (110-year-old vines) and 45% Grenache (85-year-old vines) and was raised all in new French oak. A rich, concentrated, incredibly impressive Priorat, it has that classic smoky minerality as well as brilliant notes of plums, violets, graphite, roasted herbs, and chocolate. Full-bodied, deep, and incredibly concentrated, it stays balanced and pure, with a great finish. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. It might end up being one of the legendary Priorats out there.”
“Certainly riper and with a little less acidity, the 2015 Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles is a similar blend of 55% extremely old Carignane and 45% very old Grenache matured in new French oak barrels for 16 months. The fruit is black, and the palate reveals abundant, fine-grained tannins and integrated acidity. A powerful vintage for Doix. 3,100 bottles were filled in March 2017.”
94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2018
Made entirely of Carignane from 117 year-old vines. Sixteen months in new French oak barrels. Wow! Only three barrels made, numbered bottles. This is a centrepiece for your cellar.
“Two-thousand fifteen saw a return to dry and warm years like 2012, and the 2015 “1902” Centenary Carignane was saved from the heat wave in July by 60 litres of rain in June. The de-stemmed grapes fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel, and the wine matured in three brand new French oak barrels for 16 months. The technical data lists almost seven grams of residual sugar, which surprised me. It’s ripe, full-bodied and powerful, concentrated and juicy. It’s a very powerful and heady Carignane, with a polished texture. It feels tender and young. 864 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2017. I had the chance to taste a bottle of the never-released 2005, an experimental vintage from a year that could have some similarities with 2015, and the wine felt very balanced and still young, not showing any heat.” 96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2018
“This spectacular wine is one of the top examples of Carignane in the world. Unfortunately, it’s made in tiny quantities and is almost impossible to find in the marketplace.” JebDunnuck.com, Feb 2018