Doix /2010

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

FEATURES:

  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 55% Carignan and 45% Grenache
  • 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: A magnificent vintage. Very cool winter with snow and rain. Rainy spring with moderate temperatures. Fresh summer. Hot August with significant contrast day/night. Temperate and rainy September.  A prodigious combination of refinement, subtleness, sharpness and strength. Balance all over.
  • 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.

Decanter - May 2015 - Mark O'Halleron - 94pts

A winery with a lovely portfolio of wines and this, its flagship offering, is hard to ignore. Made from 55% Carignan and 45% Grenache (from vines 110 and 100 years old respectively), this is dark and dense in appearance, so it's of little surprise that on first approach the nose is similarly deep and brooding, with liquorice, forest fruits and a tarry, mineral core. To taste it's still pretty tight but patently top-notch, sowing glossy, currant fruit and fine tannins. Drink 2016-2026.

Vinologue Priorat - Miquel Hudin - May 2015 - ***pts

Rosemary, orange peel, almond blossoms, violets, touch of earthiness, cloves, and toasted almonds come through in the nose. The body is smooth and large, opening up wonderfully with time.

Jancis Robinson - November 2014 - Ferran Centelles - 17.5pts

This is a very intense wine, concentrated, ripe, full in body but very well driven through the palate. Muscular but still fresh, with very black ripe fruit impact on the palate. Unequivocally low-yielding Priorat, some mature notes are starting to loo. Drink 2014-2018.

Wine Advocate #211 - March 2014 - Luis Gutiérrez - 95pts

The 2010 Costers de Vinas Viejas is a blend of 55% Garnacha and the rest Carinena from vineyards planted in 1902 on slate slopes. The wine has the power, concentration and balance of the old vines and is a textbook Priorat with those alluring aromas of wet slate and ripe blackberries. The 16 months aging in new French oak become unnoticeable when you have this intensity of fruit, and the aromas and tannins from the barrels are neatly integrated into the fruit. This is a big, elegant Priorat that should evolve nicely in bottle. 5,500 bottles were produced in 2010. Drink 2015-2025. 

2010 seems like a very successful year for the wines of Mas Doix which are powerful and reflect their origin but show very good balance. The old vine cuvee is a really profound Priorat.

HuonHooke.com - Aug. 2015 - 95pts - Gold Ribbon

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar- Sept 2013 - Josh Raynolds -  93pts

Inky ruby. A heady, smoky bouquet evokes cassis, blueberry, vanilla and potpourri, with a bright mineral accent building with air. Silky and seamless in texture, offering vibrant red berry and vanilla flavors sharpened by zesty acidity and a stony nuance. Clings with impressive tenacity on the finish, leaving floral pastille, oak spice and raspberry notes behind.

Guía Peñín 2015 - 95pts

Cherry color, garnet rim. Ripe fruit nose, spicy, creamy oak, toasty, complex, chocolate, earthy. Powerful, flavourful palate, rich, roasted, ripe tannins.

2010 / Costers de vinyes velles