The 2012 Clos Mogador is nothing short of spectacular. They started in 1999 with some Cariñena, and they gradually increased the Garnacha and reduced the Cabernet. 2012 is possibly the vintage of Mogador with less Cabernet, as it didn`t behave well in such warm year. René Barbier senior tells me it reminds him of the freshness of the 2000 that he generously uncorked for me to compare; they only have a handful of bottles for the old vintages! The nose of this 2012 is still little reticent but not reduced like many vintages in the past, slowly showing a great Mediterranean-Atlantic balance with notes of herbs, wet slate and graphite. The super-elegant palate offers great acidity and freshness with incredibly layered and delineated flavors that have an electric, mineral sensation with tension and really fine tannins. There are no traces of oak and no edges... rugged silk? This is a Mogador for decades. If this is always a bargain for the quality it delivers, it is even more so in 2012!
With its patented blend of ripe plum and berry aromas matched against notes of wood smoke, herbs and leather, this is ripped and focused in the mouth, with strong but manageable tannins. Flavors of buttery oak, schist, blackberry and cassis culminate…
Descending from a French family of winemakers, René Barbier III travelled south to start Clos Mogador among DOQ Priorat vineyards in Catalonia, Spain. He led the original Priorat movement that high quality wines could still be made in the oft considered ‘forgotten corner’ of Catalonia. By nursing old and struggling Grenache and Carignan vines back to life on steep hillsides, his resulting wines became a smashing hit among locals and eventually oenophiles abroad. His intensely concentrated blends of Cabernet, Garnacha, Syrah, Carignan and other varietals deliver power and structure of typical of Priorat yet they possess elegance and finesse to round out its flavors. Clos Mogador is widely considered a rising star approaching an echelon reserved for elites such as Vega Sicilia, Pingus, and López de Heredia.
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