Profile of Clos Figueras Winery

Clos Figueras Winery, La Rioja - Spain

Although this small but very impressive property is barely 16 years old, Clos Figueras has already taken its place as one of the leaders in this exciting and constantly evolving appellation. Talented owner, entrepreneur and wine distributor Christopher Cannan is one of a number of individuals that have transformed this formerly unremarkable D.O from a rustic backwater into an important wine region. His energy, commitment and drive is remarkable, as he constantly strives to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in this once forgotten corner of Catalonia. For despite the fact that vineyards have been planted in this province of the Tarragona region since Roman times, it was only since a group of enthusiasts 'discovered' the area's virtues in the 1980s that Priorat has risen to the forefront of Spain's best wine regions

Clos Figueras was founded in 1997, although the current owner Christopher Cannan had in fact been exporting top Priorat wines through his company Europvin since the 1980s. After years of extolling the virtues of this great region to wine lovers across the world, he decided to invest in an abandoned vineyard just north of the town of Gratallops. With the help of dynamic estate owner and winemaker Rene Barbier - who is basically the founding father of modern Priorat – they replanted the 10 hectare estate on the famous Priorat slate / schist soils known as “llicorella”, which yield the powerful, minerally wines for which the region is renowned. In 2000, Clos Figueras acquired another 8 hectares of land, giving them a superb collection of Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah vineyards. After initially releasing one wine in 1999, their 2001 Clos Figueras vintage met with universal consumer and critical acclaim and was awarded 96 points by the illustrious wine critic Robert Parker.

Today, Christopher and his wife Charlotte are continuing their hard work in crafting world-class wines that are enjoyed world-wide. Their first wine, Clos Figueras, is a superb example of old-vine Grenache and Carignan producing wines of depth, weight and every other dimension! Their second and third labels compliment their star wine by being excellent value and softer, rounder and more approachable. And then there is the stunning white – Font de la Figuera – which is a rare find in this red dominated part of Spain. A fascinating blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc, the wine has become a benchmark for white Priorat and has great style and intensity. And if this wasn’t enough, Clos Figueras have a superb restaurant, make sublime olive oil on their estate and welcome visitors at any time of the year.

Wines Produced

Clos Figueras 70% Grenache and Carignan, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre. Fermented in new oak casks and then aged for 13 months in French oak barrels and casks. The 'Grand vin' of the property, a Priorat produced from very old vineyards in the region that will age for decades.
Font de la Figuera (Red) 60% Grenache and 10% Carignan, 30% Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre. Fermented in 2500 stainless steel vats and then aged for 12 months in 1 year old French oak barrels. A softer, more supple wine that is approachable on release but will cellar for at least a decade. The Font de la Figuera is produced from younger vines in the region.
Font de la Figuera (White) 85% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc and 5% Chenin Blanc. Fermented in 1000 litre stainless steel vats before being aged for 6 month on the lees. A fresh, fruit driven white that is approachable on release but will cellar for at least 5 years.
Serras de Priorat 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 20% Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented in 2500 stainless steel vats and then aged for 8 months in 500 litre French oak casks. A soft, fruit driven wine that is produced from younger vines in the region.

Winery Facts & Figures

DO: Priorat
Founded: 1997
Owner: Christopher Cannan
Winemaker: Alain Graillot
Area under Vine: 18 Hectaress
Oak: French barriques
Age of Vines:Average age 35 years
Grape Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional, Carignan, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc
Production: 30,000 bottles per annum

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