Doix /2008

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


  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 48% Grenache, 50% Carignan, 2% Merlot.
  • 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: Great vintage 2008 for the area. It started with a very cool and dry dry winter. In March, very low nigth temperatures delayed the outbreak a few weeks. Rain arrived in May with 150 ml. Very dry July and August allowed an optimum fruit ripening. A fresh September with no water extended a slow and balance ripening until Harvest in October.
  • 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.

Vinous – Nov. 2011 – Josh Raynolds92+pts

Bright ruby. A pungent, highly aromatic bouquet evokes blackberry, cherry-cola, incense and violet. Ripe and muscular but surprisingly lithe, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors complicated by licorice and candied flowers. Slow to open but extremely promising, finishing with serious power and length.

Wine Advocate #194-May 2011-Jay Miller- 95pts

The 2008 DOIX Costers Vinyes Velles reveals a deep purple color with outstanding aromatic complexity. Notes of liquid minerality, licorice, lavender, Asian spices, and black cherry lead to a supple, savory effort loaded with spice and personality. There is a nicely concealed structure that will allow the wine to evolve for several years although it is approachable now. It will be best from 2013 to 2028. 

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: 2013 - 2028

Justerini & Brooks 2011

The estate's oldest Carignan goes into this wine, a large proportion originally planted in 1902. The blend is 55% Carignan, 45% Grenache. The wine is aged in 100% new French oak for 16-18 months. So clear, clean and polished, as smart and suave as it gets. Bright red purple colour, really lively with a balancing ripness, vivid flavours of bullace, sloe, salt, dark chocolate and red cherry, it may be aged in 100% new oak but you can't taste it. Powerful but ultra smooth, a distinctly fresher style of Priorat than most. An excellent wine, a gentleman's Priorat.  

2008 / Costers de vinyes velles