CLOS MOGADOR

At Gratallops, the passion of René Barbier for Grenache, stimulated the development of a spectacular wine which soon attracted the attention of Robert Parker. This wine, named "Clos Mogador”, has quickly become the flagship of Priorat wine. The grapes of Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, blended to Grenache (80 years old vines with a yield of max 2dl by square meter !) are producing a wine reminiscent of blueberry, blackberry, currant and plum, a composition that thrilled Parker to award the, rarely achieved, grade of 98/100 .
 

"" Domain Clos Mogador - René Barbier "


 



 

Clos Mogador is adorned with a deep dark ruby colour. In the first instance it presents on the nose animal scents, then it releases notes of fermentation, and finally develops a superb fruitiness. On the palate, we also find this intense fruitiness with great breadth! The tannins are starting to "become velvety": weakly astringent on the finish, they are perfectly integrated. A beautiful wine, full of promises but still evolving. Therefore, it is necessary to decant it for a few hours before serving!

Clos Mogador
Vi de Finca Qualificada
Priorat – René Barbier

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Millésime 2008 | Robert Parker : 96/100 points

The red wines begin with the flagship 2008 Clos Mogador. It is made up of 40% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Dense purple in color, it sports an expansive bouquet of liquid minerality, wood smoke, game, Asian spices, truffle, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate with layered fruit and precision balance, this loaded Priorat provides a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023.

Rene Barbier was kind enough to open a range of older Clos Mogadors including 1991, 1999, 2001, and 2005. The 2001 and 2005 vintages previously received high ratings worthy of the quality of these great vintages. However, 1991 was a vintage damaged by hail, but this bottle is doing fine with another 10-12 years of life remaining. The 1999 vintage was challenging and this is a relatively light Mogador but still in fine condition. Because of insufficient evidence, the jury is still out on the longevity of the top Priorats but more and more data points keep popping to suggest that 20 and even 30 years is possible.


Millésime 2007 | Robert Parker : 96/100 points

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.


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