ESPECTACLE

Espectacle is an extraordinary wine made of 100% Grenache, from very old vine (120 years) and to which Parker awarded the rarely achieved grade of 99/100 for the 2004 vintage!

This wine has intense red colour with a very clear presence of purple hues that recall the glow of a ruby. At the nose, it is intense, complex and extremely attractive. It presents notes of blackcurrant, raspberry, very mature orange peel with a subtle reminder of woodland. Gradually, with breathing, floral notes emerge.

 

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The rose and orange blossom, personality characteristics of the soil, complement its fruity origin. An enveloping fragrance that awakens the senses and reveals a unique terroir.
The wine is rich on the palate without being too tannic. Its concentration is based on subtleness and especially its incredibly aromatic tones. The palate is velvety with a burst of flavours. A beautiful wine with a remarkable persistence.

Spending some time in a decanter is recommended before tasting

Espectacle
Montsant – René Barbier

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Millésime 2008 | Robert Parker : 98/100 points

The 2008 Espectacle del Montsant continues a string of great successes dating from the first vintage in 2004. The sheer level of density and richness is stunning although the fruit is very primary at this stage of its development. Aromas and flavors of exotic spices, incense, licorice, truffle, black cherry, and blackberry lead to a full-bodied wine that deftly combines elegance and power. Sweetly fruited, savory, and precisely balanced, this voluminous effort will profit from 4-5 years of cellaring and be at its best from 2015 to 2028.

Espectacle is 100% Garnacha sourced from a 120-year-old (mostly ungrafted) parcel located at La Figuera on the northern edge of the Montsant DO. It is hard to believe but until the vineyard's purchase several years ago by the current owners (among them Rene Barbier and Christopher Cannan), the grapes were sold to a co-op and presumably intermingled with lesser quality fruit. I was able to see this incredibly steep and nearly inaccessible vineyard from a helicopter and it is a sight to behold.

Millésime 2007 | Robert Parker : 98/100 points

The 2007 Espectacle is 100% Garnacha sourced from 120-year-old vines located at La Figuera on the northern edge of the Montsant DO. The vineyard is managed by Rene Barbier’s Clos Mogador team and is aged in one 4000-liter vat at Celler Laurona. The 2007 Espectacle reveals a sexy bouquet of mineral, Asian spices, incense, truffle, and black cherry compote. This leads to a full-bodied, plush, succulent, impeccably balanced wine which admirably combines elegance and power. It will evolve effortlessly for several more years and have a drinking window extending 2013 to 2022 if not longer. It is Montsant’s benchmark wine and a world-class expression of old-vine Garnacha.


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