2007 Clos Monlleó, Celler Sangenís i Vaqué, Priorat

2007 Clos Monlleó, Celler Sangenís i Vaqué, Priorat

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2007 Clos Monlleó, Celler Sangenís i Vaqué, Priorat

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The 2007 vintage is superb for the Sangenís i Vaqué family’s top wine, Clos Monlléo. Whereas this property generally demonstrates an appealing, authentic rusticity in its wines, the ‘07 vintage demonstrates pure class and sophistication. The nose is extremely fine with a touch of vanilla, spice and an almost Bordeaux-like elegance. The palate is elegant, with extremely focused dark berry fruit accompanied by a violet lift. It is much more mineral than most Priorat wines with a tight but high level of cotton-wool tannins. The wine is still youthful – incredible really considering its age – and needs more time in the cellar. The overall sense given here is of an intense, concentrated, linear and precise wine. This is fabulous. Drink 2022-2032. 
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Celler Sangenis i Vaque

Celler Sangenis i Vaque

From an historic Priorat family which can trace its lineage back to before 1700, the Bodega Sangenís i Vaqué was founded in 1978 by Pere Sangenís and Conxita Vaqué in the wine region of Priorat.

The vineyards are located in Porrera, famous for its llicorella (schist and slate) terraces and vines, all of which are venerable, and divided between Garnacha and Cariñena.

Minimal intervention in the winery is the philosophy here and the wines are aged in a combination of French (85%) and American (15%) oak for 12 months. They are then bottled unfined and unfiltered and can, as a result, be seen as amongst the purest and most traditional, in all its best senses, from this magical denominación.

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Priorat

Priorat

Priorato, or Priorat, is one of the stand-out Spanish wine regions, with an extraordinary leap in wine quality, reputation and price over the 1990s. This small wine appellation, with 1,700 hectares of vines and just over 60 bodegas, lies to the west of the province of Tarragona in Catalonia

It includes the municipalities of Scala Dei, Gratallops and Falset, where vines grow on steep terraces at varying altitudes of 100 to 700 metres. The climate is continental, and the region blessed with an exceptional schistous terroir (mostly llicorella with layers of slate and quartz). This schist is part of the same stratum found in the finest vineyards of the Douro, Toro and Ribera del Duero. It provides ideal conditions for growing vines and also contributes to the much-lauded mineral-rich character of Priorato’s wines.

The region’s wines were revolutionised through the efforts of René Barbier. In 1989 he joined forces with a group of eight other winemakers to produce wine from eight plots (or clos), planting the best grapes using modern methods, and harvesting at extremely low yields. This original group included such distinguished bodegas as Alvaro Palacios (Finca Dofi), Costers del Siurana and Mas Martinet. 

The group later split up, but the legacy and the international acclaim their wines generated has attracted significant interest and investment in the Priorato region. It is now recognised as one of the great fine wine regions in Spain, rivalling Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The Priorat wines are typically powerful and full-bodied, with a warm, ripe fruitiness and impressive levels of concentration and minerality. The wines are made in all categories from Joven to Gran Reserva, undergoing the same oak ageing as Rioja.

The efforts of the Barbier group proved that old-vine, low-yielding Cariñena and Garnacha is the most planted variety here, followed by Garnacha. Both provide the backbone of the region’s wines, augmented by international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  

White varieties (i.e. Chenin Blanc, Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca, Viognier and Pedro Ximénez) occupy less than five percent of the vineyard area.

Recommended Producers:
Combier Fischer Gerin (Trio Infernal), Clos Figueres, Alvaro Palacios (Finca Dofi)

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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Wine Advocate92/100
The top of the range is the red 2007 Clos Monlle, a 50/50 selection from their oldest Garnacha and Cariena fermented together and matured in new French barriques for 18 months. It has classical aromas of varnished wood, spices, toast, smoke, wet slate and graphite, in a very 1990s style. It has evolved quite nicely in bottle and feels polished, integrated and has some complexity. 2,666 bottles were filled in September 2009.
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