Salanques /2009

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


  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 10 % Syrah
  • 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 Syrah,
  • VINTAGE AND CLIMATE: 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 between 3 and 4 weeks what allowed a progressive and excellent extraction. Ageing in French oak barrels (tight grain) for 14 months.

Salvy Big Nose Blog - May 2015 - 4.5/5pts

Notes: It comes from the older vines of Mas Doix with respect to Les Crestes.

It appears deep ruby/purple with very good legs. On the nose it's clean offering, with med+ intensity, blackberries, cherries, liquorice, floral notes (lavander and patchouli) some garrigue and distinctive crushed stones-like mineral notes, cedar and cocoa powder.

On the palate is dry, with resfreshing med+ acidity, medium+ tannins giving a serious yet smooth structure, high alcohol, medium+ body with very good concentration on the mid-palate, leading to a med+ finish.

Outstanding quality, approachable now but will develop for several years and keep for a decade. Premium Price, 65% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 10% Syrah, Poboleda, Priorat, Spain.

I'm amazed how Garnacha-dominated wines like this Salanques (and many others in the region) can be so deep, serious and complex.

Priorat's terroir can make miracles regardless of the grape variety adopted. However, I think it's Carinena, more than any other variety, that gives rise to best expressions of this terroir (especially in the Northern part of the region).

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

(65% garnacha, 15% carinena, 10% syrah, 5% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon that was aged for 12 months in French oak): Deep ruby. Exotic aromas of blackberry and cherry-cola, with sexy notes of incense, lavender and smoky minerals. Broad, fleshy and concentrated, offering intense black and blue fruit flavours, supple texture and a hint of vanilla. Closes long and spicy, with gripping tannins and a bit of licorice. 

Justerini&Brooks 2012

Extraordinarily, even this cuvee has an average vine age of 70 tears old! A blend of 65% Garnacha, 25% Carinena and 10% Syrah, grown on steep, licorella slate slops, aged for 14 months in barriques of which 40% are new French oak. Displaying textbook salty mineral notes alongside dark berry fruit, touches of black olive and ink, sweet liquorice spice, blackcherry and bitter dark chocolate. Sumptuous stuff. 

Wine Advocate #194 - May 2011 - Jay Miller - 91/94pts

The 2009 Salanques, tasted fom a barrel sample, offers a more brooding bouquet than the 2008 with an array of minerals, Asian spices, incense, and black cherry making an appearance. Smooth-textured, intense, and succulent, it nicely blends elegance and power. This lengthy effort will evolve for several years and provide pleasure from 2014 to 2024.

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 de 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: 2014 - 2024. 

2009 / Mas Doix