Doix /2006

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

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 48% Grenache, 50% Carignan, 2% Merlot.
  • ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 15%.
  • 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: The climate of 2006 vintage was some kind unusual. In terms of rain, the winter was pretty wet what allowed a nice sprout growing. Then, spring arrived with a very dry season, providing wealthy conditions to the vineyards. The first half of summer was severe, with very little rain. Only by the beginning of September we had nice rainwater (about 25 litres) what gave a nice touch to finish the maturation process. Temperatures were over the average of previous years, and more specifically from mid June to end of July. September rain cooled down the temperatures and extended the maturation. This vintage shows how exceptional it was.
  • AGEING: The elaboration process followed temperature-controlled fermentation with a total maceration period of about 4/5 weeks what allowed a progressive and excellent extraction. The ageing was of 16 months in new French oak.

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

The 2006 DOIX Costers Vinyes Velles is displaying an attractive perfume, more floral than mineral, along with spicy red and black fruits. On the palate it is quite intense with more elevated acidity than its colleagues. 

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.

Cellar Tracker - Garambler - 10/10/2010 - 96pts

I opened this at my Priorat tasting on 10/10/10. It had a fabulous bouquet of lavender, boysenberry, blueberry, raspberry, toast and spice aromas. The palate was big, powerful, ripe, tangy and delicious with flavors of boysenberry, blueberry, raspberry, toast, spice, cinnamon and mineral flavors. It was absolutely awesome.

Wine Advocate #183-Jun 2009-Jay Miller- 97pts

The 2006 Costers de Vinas Viejas amps it up considerably. It yields an enthralling, sexy/kinky bouquet of toasty new oak, liquid minerality, lavender, incense, and wild berries. Complex, elegant, and La Tache-like, it appeals to both the senses and the intellect. It is a remarkable effort that should evolve for 5-7 years but is difficult to resist now.

Vinous – Sep. 2008 – Josh Raynolds  – 93pts

Saturated ruby. Exotic aromas of red and dark berry preserves, with incense and potpourri adding complexity; smells like very fancy oak. Sappy and deep, offering suave raspberry and candied boysenberry flavors, with cinnamon and mace gaining power in the glass. Tangy minerality adds lift to the finish, which leaves a sexy spicecake quality behind. Flat-out delicious stuff.

2006 / Costers de vinyes velles