Salanques /2010

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


  • GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Grenache, 25% Carignane, 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: 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: Grapes picked by hand using 10 kg. boxes. Selection in vineyards and at the entrance of the winery.
    Classification berry by berry on a double sorting table in the winery. Aging of 14 months in French oak barrels.

Wine Advocate #211 - March 2014 - Luis Gutiérrez - 92pts

The 2010 Salanques is a blend of 65% Garnacha and 25% Carinena from old vines and 10% young-vine Syrah aged for 14 months in 50/50 new and used French oak barrels. The nose has floral and fruit aromas with the oak adding just a spicy touch and the slate soil taking the leading role. The palate is extremely tasty, with pungent aromas and flavors that are long and persistent with the help of the well-integrated alcohol, finishing with a mineral taste that makes it almost salty. A great Salanques and quite good price for this quality in Priorat. 18,000 bottles were produced. Drink now-2022. 
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.

Jeb Dunnuck-Rhone Report-2013- 93pts

Coming from the late ripening village of Poboleda and from the Salanques parcel, the 2010 Mas Doix Priorat Salanques is made from a blend of 65% Gaenacha, 15% Carinena, 10% Syrah, 5% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Basically comprised of a barrel by barrel declassification of their top cuvee and aged for 14 months in French oak, it is a gorgeous wine in its own tight and offers layers of bright berry, violets, licorice, and sappy underbush to go with a full-bodied, voluptuous, and massively textured palate. While I’m inclined to call this a fruit bomb, it firms up beautifully on the finish, has gorgeous purity, and juicy acidity that takes it well past that simple classification. Nevertheless, it will certainly be a crowd pleaser and will thrill for upwards of decade or more. 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar- Sept 2013 - Josh Raynolds -  92pts

Inky ruby. Deep, powerful cherry and dark berry scents are complicated by suggestions of licorice and pipe tabacco. Concentrated blueberry and plum compote flavors pick up a roasted coffee quality with air, along with a hint of bitter chocolate. This muscular but surprisingly energetic wine finishes smoky, spicy and long, with an echo of candied blue fruits.

Peñín Guide 2013/14 - 91 pts

Colour: cherry, garnet rim. Nose: earthy notes, fruit expression, ripe fruit, creamy oak, spicy. Palate: ripe fruit, good acidity, fine bitter notes.

2010 / Mas Doix