Profile of Mas Doix Winery
Celler Mas Doix is most definitely enjoying being one of the Priorat wineries that recently scored an astonishing 98 points from world famous wine critic, Robert Parker. The wine region of Priorat seems to be going from strength to strength. What many predicted would just be a fashion or a phase, Priorat is gaining international prestige around the world, and indeed within Spain itself (actually a tough market for top end wines). Located in the wine village of Poboleda, just north of Torroja del Priorat and Porrera (2 of the other principal wine villages of Priorat), the Doix family are longstanding characters in the Priorat winemaking scene. They have 20 hectares of their own vineyards and an additional 10 hectares of controlled vines. Like the other wineries in the region, the concentrate on growing old vine (up to 70 years) Garnacha Tinta (Grenache Noir) and the ubiquitous Cariñena. Their carefully tended vines are on terraced slopes, resembling the Douro Valley in Portugal.
Although the Doix familia have been involved in viticultural activities for the last 100 years in Priorat, the Celler Mas Doix is a very new venture, only established in 1998. The fact that wine critics are already tumbling over themselves to get this wine is a credit to their hard work in a very short period of time. There are four brands, the old vines Mas Doix being the most celebrated and the Mas Doix Salanques considered to be an excellent value Priorat red. Mas Doix uses 100% French oak in their cellars, and the wines, while extremely powerful, well balanced with enormous aging potential. A visit to the Priorat wine region is a must for serious wine lovers. It is literally untouched, full of hidden medieval hamlets, top quality restaurants, and of course plenty of world class wineries.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: Mas Doix, Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles 2001-
"A prodigious effort...is a blend of 55% Grenache (from 90+ year old vines) and 45% Carignan (from 100+ year old vines). There are about 300 cases for the USA market. An inky/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of scorched earth, crème de cassis, graphite, licorice, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Rich, unctuously-textured, and full-bodied, but tremendously layered and nuanced, I was surprised to learn it was aged in 100% new French oak. The finish lasts for 50+ seconds. It should evolve nicely for 12-15 years, possibly longer. (Issue 152)
Jancis Robinson, famed wine journalist, critic and television host: Mas Doix Priorat 1999 -
"Here's an interesting newcomer to an interesting region in the wild hills above Tarragona in Catalonia, north-east Spain. (New wines and producers are sprouting on these slopes all the time; not all of them worthy successors to the likes of Alvaro Palacios who has made the region famous.) Like all good wines grown on the region's famous licorella brown slate, Doix has tastable minerality about it, but this one also has some pretty suave fruit to fill in the mid-palate too. It's a full-bodied, grown-up red that makes great cold-weather drinking and needs some pretty chewy food with it, but has been made with enough sophistication to make it drinkable already even though it is clearly intended for the long term. The 1999 is the debut vintage from the Doix family's property Mas Doix whose produce went straight to the Poboleda cooperative until then (a familiar story). The vines are old Cariñena and Garnacha - again the standard Priorat recipe - plus some younger Syrah plantings. It is a compliment that in the US Eric Solomon, married to Daphne Glorian, the woman behind Clos Erasmus, is just beginning to import the wine
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