Clos Mogador Priorat 2020 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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Clos Mogador Priorat 2020 750ml
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Clos Mogador Priorat 2020

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Clos Mogador is the consequence of many generations. These generations have been passionate, have lived the moment with a keen sense of intuition, and have enjoyed many experiences and emotions. Great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren-all have enjoyed and continue to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of wild rosemary, mixed with the scent of thyme and lavender. The family who owns Clos Mogador smells the soil after rain and the clay, baked hard in the summer months when rain is scarce. The rocks are heated by sunlight, an intense smell mixed with the scents of spices and ash from burning the branches during winter pruning. They live with slow buzzing bluebottles at harvest time, the cicadas sing song and on a cool night, the frogs sing heartily, joining in with the crickets. Spring flowers and we awaken to birdsong. The birds, in their promiscuity, help pollinate and produce new fruits that are harvested. The insects fly from flower to flower, creating unique creatures, fleshy berries with wonderful flavour, and perfume that will never again be experienced. The vineyards are dotted with olive trees, fruit trees and also not far away, some holm oaks with one or two pine trees that interrupt our view. Wrinkled figs and textured almonds, fruit surrounded by bushes of all kinds, flowers blooming in every season, saturating the air with scents throughout the year...

Owner René Barbier III recalls : 'I remember my son, René IV when he was three years old, spending his days with a group of friends, selecting the best wild berries and putting them in a sand bucket from the beach. I remember my wife, Isabelle, helping him select the best figs to dry or for eating immediately, or my other son, Christian, who is unable to live in any other place on this planet than here, surrounded by all kinds of nature ... "To make good wine," says my oldest son, "you have to choose the best grapes, the ones you would eat..." and this cannot be done in large fermentation vats, it has to be done the same way my son once filled his sand bucket, by filling small tanks ... After all this, a bottle of Clos Mogador brings us together to share our passion. Without realizing it, we have been taken on amazing journeys where we have met new people who fill our hearts with happiness. I am reminded of the comments of my youngest son, Anderson, who is thirteen, a comedian, happy, a humanist ... He would say with a beaming smile: "many small things in life are beautiful, gather them around you." And perhaps, at the same time, we will offer you a glass of Clos Mogador.'

The wine shows ripeness and finesse. On the nose a bouquet of cherries, bramble fruits and fine, dark balsamic qualities including juniper, cloves and pepper fills the air. The deep profile full of cocoa and Tonka beans shows elegant notes of aging. The creamy mouthfeel presents sweet, fruit tannins with more pronounced red fruit flavors than on the nose with hints of violet. 

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The 2020 Clos Mogador comes from a very challenging vintage in Priorat, a year with lots of rain and some fungus problems that are very unusual in the zone, which is usually very healthy. They bought a further four hectares so they could keep the volume despite the difficulties with mildew. The wine is more tannic and a little astringent despite now having any time in barrels anymore; starting this year, it matured exclusively in 2,000-liter oak foudre, and the impact of the wood is milder. A very good result, it's powerful but has good balance. The vintage is more tannic, and the quality of the tannins is not the same as those from 2019, as they couldn't wait for better tannins because of the risk of losing acidity and freshness. 26,000 bottles produced.

September 30, 2022
James Suckling
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Ripe strawberries, black cherries, dark spices and a hint of dried fruit, too. Pretty full-bodied on the palate with tons of polished, seductive tannins that melt into the fruit. Rich, juicy and long. Sweet tannins. 45% garnatxa, 29% carinyena, 16% syrah and 10% cabernet sauvignon.

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Founded in 1979, the 20ha Clos Mogador lies at 350m altitude , surrounded by mountains up to 1,200m. The vines here grow on slate soils and the 2020 wine is a blend of 45% Garnacha, 29% Cariñena, 16% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented using 30% whole bunches and indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged entirely in 2,000L French oak foudres for 18 months before bottling. Beth Willard: A really dark and intense wine that speaks of the region. High-toned, perfumed notes and raspberry on the nose. Oak is well integrated. Big and rich, but with underlying elegance. Polished and serious. Diana Rollan: Dense and powerful nose with dark fruit, and notes of plum, black cherry, blueberries, sandalwood and dried herbs. Big and bold with pronounced tannins, but round and textured. David Williams: Complex nose with notes of blood orange, black cherry and Mediterranean herbs. Intensity but also drive on the palate; great mineral acidity, freshness.

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A focused, medium- to full-bodied red, but lively and suave, with sculpted tannins that are well-knit to a fine range of black raspberry puree, medicinal herb, bitter cherry reduction and spiced orange peel flavors. Long and harmonious, with a minerally finish of iron and stone accents. Garnatxa, Carinyena, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2033. 150 cases imported.

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