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Clos Mogador 2007 (Priorat)

Clos Mogador is now firmly established as one of the world's most sought-after “cult” wines. It is made predominantly from Grenache, Carignan Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah grown in the steep, terraced, slate (known locally as licorella) vineyards of the spectacular Priorat region. Average production is a mimiscule 9 hectolitres per hectare from 18ha, but only 18,000 un-irrigated terrace planted vines! Average production is 600 dozen. The Grenache vines are more than 80 years old – the other varieties were planted in the 1980s. Winemaker, René Barbier Jr, is one of the “Grattalops pioneers” behind the rebirth of Priorat. His vines are made to suffer in the extremely poor slate soil and rough climate. There is no irrigation, so the roots are left to search for water, only found at a depth of 25 metres. No chemicals are used; wild herbs and plants grow between the vines. The result of the remarkably small yield is an enormous concentration of flavours. The economics of making wine from small plots of very low yielding vines means prices must be high. This has not been an issue as the wines are truly outstanding and fully justify their price. The first vintage was 1989, and this still has considerable ageing potential. Clos Mogador is today regarded as one of the top few wines of Priorat and one of the great wines of Spain. Although it drinks well young, this wine will comfortably age and develop for at least 10 – 20 years.

The fourth wine in a remarkable run of vintages (2004, 2005, 2006) that have all rivalled the quality of the legendary 2001 release. The 2007 is a particularly classy Mogador with all the power and depth associated with this great vineyard yet with ultra fine tannins and great length. Clos Mogador is situated on a ridge near the village of Gratallops, in the heart of the Priorat hills. The vineyards are planted on very steep terraces forming a gigantic natural amphitheatre above the Siurana river, with an average altitude of 450 metres above sea level. The soil here is pure licorella (slate). There is a range of vines planted in the vineyard and the exact blend varies with the vintage. It is always a dominant proportion of Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There are also small parcels of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Mourvedre that can also make their way in to the blend. The Garnacha vines are 80+ years old while the other varieties were planted in the 80’s. The poor soils, and the fact that the vineyard is dry grown, results in staggeringly low yields of 9hl/ha. The 2007 is definitley one of the greatest Mogador’s produced to date and will comfortably live and evolve for 15-20 years, and most likely beyond.

The flagship, the 2007 Clos Mogador is made up of 40% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is purple/black-colored with a sensational bouquet of mineral, truffle, espresso, black cherry, blueberry, and licorice. Dense and Reubenesque on the palate, it has great concentration, loads of savory fruit, impeccable balance, and several years of aging potential. Accessible now, this lengthy offering will be at its best from 2013 to 2027. It is one of the stars of the vintage in Priorat. Drink: 2013 – 2027. 96 Pts. Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 188, Apr 2010