Clos 93 L’Interrogant 2016
Clos 93 L’Interrogant is another powerhouse wine that you need in your life! Clos 93, so called because it was the 93rd winery (or Clos) to register with the Consejo Regulador de Priorat, was created but 10 years ago by two brothers and an uncle; Rubén Sabaté (winemaker), Josep Sabaté and Pepo García, in whose house and garage they make the wines. The grapes themselves come from vines in El Lloar where it is just one of two wineries. And whilst it may not be the newest winery it is officially regarded as Priorat’s smallest winery, producing just 12,500 bottles.
DOQ Priorat is one of only two regions (along with DOCa Rioja) that sit at a quality level above the rest of Spain, affording them much higher pricing and much more stringent quality control. As with much of Catalunya, it’s mainstay grape is Garnacha (both Black & White) with 4 and 3 other international varietals allowed respectively. But it is Priorat’s heat and soil that truly distinguish it from its neighbours. Old bush vines, in poor steep rocky and black slate (licorella) soil, offer small yields of powerfully concentrated fruit as the vines struggle to find water. There is an ageing system but it’s barely followed, with most wines spending 12-18 month in French oak and a year or two in the bottle.
Clos 93 use minimal intervention winemaking, with organic treatments only in the vineyard. The grapes are destemmed, pressed softly, where spontaneous fermentation is allowed to take place. The wines are then bottled without fine filtering and with minimally added sulphites.
Clos 93 L’Interrogant 2016 has powerful sweet fruit and jam on the nose. Rich, soft and concentrated with sweet and sour plums and currants. Chocolate, dates, smooth, rich and smooth. Toasty, dry finish. Clean fruit. Soft spice.