Doix /2009

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


  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 55% Carignan and 45% Grenache
  • 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: A year of extremes! Very cold and snowy winter, rainy spring and very hot summer, dry and extreme.  Temperatures moderated in September with some rain that allowed a very good maturation with 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.

Wine Advocate #194-May 2011-Jay Miller- 95-98pts

The 2009 DOIX Costers Vinyes Velles, tasted from a barrel sample, is a glass-coating opaque purple color with an already complex bouquet of exotic spices, mineral, lavender, incense, and assorted black and blue fruits. Layered, dense, and concentrated, this powerful effort manages to remain remarkably fresh and elegant. It should easily see its 20th birthday and a few more. The Bodega graciously presented several older vintages, all but the 1999 having been previously rated by Robert Parker or myself. 

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: 2011 - 2029

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar-September 2012-Report#164: New Releases from Spain- 93pts

(50%carinena, 48%garnacha and 2% merlot, aged for 16 months in new French oak): Inky purple. Highpitched aromas of raspberry, blood orange, minerals, potpourri and Asian spices. Taut and perfumed in the month, with superb definition to its red and dark berry preserve flavors. Seductively sweet and pure on a finish distinguished by silky tannins and vibrant minerality. 

Justerini & Brooks 2012

Although over 100 years old, Mas Doix prefer to refer their Doix Costers vines as "wise" rather than old, for even in a vintage as hot and dry as 2009 these old vines, whose roots will extend up to six metres into the licirella slate, have produced a wine of remarkable freshness that marries serious intensity with hight-toned, minerals; concentrated but nit dense, uplifting and incredibility vibrant with a mineral tension threaded it that gives it great energy. Touched of mulberry, rose petal and bay leaf garland a finish which goes on, and on, and on. Stunning.

Jeb Dunnuck-Rhone Report-2013- 96pts

From a more difficult, hot vintage, the 2009 Mas Doix Priorat Costers de Vinyes Velles is nevertheless a superb effort that excels on all account. A blend of 48% Garnacha, 50% Carinena, and 2% Merlot that spent 16 months in new French oak, it is more reserved and backwards on the nose than the Salanques and possesses a saline like minerality to go with notions of black fruits, licoricem graphite and smoke. No such reservation exists on the palate though and this full-bodied, massively constructed effort has layers of fruit, a voluptuous, moth filing texture, no hard edges, and huge length on the finish. Give bottles another handful of years in the cellar, and then enjoy over the following two decades. 

Wine Advocate #200-Apr 2012-Neal Martin- 90pts

The 2009 Costers de Vinas Viejas comes from the village of Poboleda from vines planted in 1912. A blend of 48% Garnacha, 50% Carinena and 2% Merlot, it shows much greater delineation on the nose compared to the Salanques, with fine minerality in its hints of sloes and mulberry. The palate is full-bodied and sumptuous in texture with a plush mulberry, raspberry and mineral-rich finish that is very refined and focused. Drink now-2025. Drink: 2012 - 2025

2009 / Costers de vinyes velles