Doix /2003

Elegance and complexity, exclusive and strong personality; very limited production.

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 49% Grenache, 47% Carignan, 4% Merlot.
  • ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 14,5%.
  • SOILS & VINES: Doix estate vineyards are situated at a height of 350/500 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called "licorella". The grapes come from vines between 80 and 105 years old, with a small but exceptional average production of 400 gr per vine.
  • VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: 2003 was an extreme year. The temperatures of the harvest were the highest in decades. The winter had little rain and normal temperatures, but from May and June we were surprised by the raise in thermometers which remained extremely high throughout most of the summer. Still, surprised at the quality of the fruit of the vine, thanks to the reserves of the plants and the balance of the old vines, with exceptional roots. The Grenache were harvested from September 20, and cariñena about 10 days later.
  • AGEING: The elaboration process followed temperature-controlled fermentation with a total maceration period of about 4 weeks. The ageing was of 14 months in new French oak.
 

Wine Advocate #194- May 2011-Jay Miller- 94pts

The 2003 DOIX Costers Vinyes Velles, the product of a very hot vintage, is remarkably fresh with no baked aromas. The old vines with their deep roots had no difficulty accessing water. It displays an earthy minerality, incense, spice notes, and wood smoke. Ripe, succulent, and approachable, this impeccably balanced effort should reach its peak in a few years and drink well for a decade thereafter. 
 
Mas Doix has a story quite common in Priorat in which professional people living in the big cities return to reclaim the family heritage (and are having more fun than they ever did before). Mas Doix’s flagship cuvee is named DOIX Costers Vinyes Velles with an annual production of only 4-7,000 bottles. It is typically a blend of old-vine Garnacha and Carinena (80-108 years of age) with the proportions varying slightly from year to year. The wine is aged in 100% new French oak for 14-18 months.Drink: 2012 - 2022

 

Wine Advocate #159- Jun 2005-Robert Parker- 98pts

Celler Mas Doix’s top offering, the 2003 Costers de Vinas Viejas, is an amazing elixir. Sadly, there are only 440 six-bottle cases for the American market. This is only the third vintage of this wine as previously the grapes were processed at the local coop. A blend of 55% Grenache (90-year old vines) and 45% Carignan (100-year old vines), it boasts a deep blue/purple/black color as well as a striking perfume of liquid minerals interwoven with blue and black fruits, acacia flowers, and a hint of scorched earth. It possesses great texture, fabulous purity, a multilayered, skyscraper-like mid-palate, and a profound finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This legendary Spanish red should drink well young yet age effortlessly for 12-15+ years. Bravo! Situated in the Priorat village of Poboleda, this winery continues to immensely impress.Drink: 2005 - 2020

Cellar Tracker - Jdunnuck

Stunning stuff with a big, gorgeous nose of chocolate covered raspberries, black cherry, vanilla, licorice, spice and integrated oak. Medium to full bodied and slightly tight on the palate. Balanced, awesome structure, a silky texture and lovely, fine grained tannins on the long finish.

2003 / Costers de vinyes velles