Salanques /2003

Balance, intensity and purity. Transmits the authentic character of Priorat.


  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • SOILS & VINES: Salanques vineyards are situated at a height of 350/450 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called "licorella". Wine elaborated with Grenache and Carignan of old vines between 70 and 90 years, as well as younger vines for varieties of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet and part of those of Grenache.
  • 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 3 weeks. The ageing was of 14 months in French oak.

Wine Advocate #159-Jun 2005-Robert Parker- 95pts

There are 700 cases of the second wine, the 2003 Salanques, a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 20% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. It is hard to believe this dazzling effort is made from declassified juice. The stunningly perfumed bouquet of raspberries and blackberries is followed by an elegant, medium to full-bodied, complex, nuanced wine with tremendous purity as well as a multilayered mid-palate and finish. Sweet tannin, fine acidity, and undeniable minerality suggest it will provide enjoyment now and over the next 10-12 years. Situated in the Priorat village of Poboleda, this winery continues to immensely impress.Drink: 2005 - 2017.

Cellar Tracker - ifishtoo - 9/1/2014 - 92pts

Just wonderful. The nose exploded out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. Poured us both a little and decanted the rest. Deep ruby/garnet color. Rich flavors of berries with some dusty cherry reminiscent of Rutherford bench cabs. Long aftertaste. Still with some tannin but very good right now. Didn't really improve much with decanting but only lasted a couple of hours. Love Priorat!

Vinous – Sep. 2005 – Stephen Tanzer - 88pts

Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas of blackberry, cassis and spices. Fleshy and sweet but firm-edged, with slightly wild flavors of truffle, licorice and herbs. Quite firm, even a bit ungiving, on the back.

2003 / Mas Doix