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Clos Mogador Priorat 2020
Clos Mogador is the life’s work of René Barbier, who can safely be called the father of modern Priorat. Whereas these highly concentrated wines still suffered a bit from too much extraction and hard tannins in the early years of the project, the style has changed a lot since then. Concentration and intensity have remained, but finesse has been added, deeper complexity and nuance, a rounder, plumper mouthfeel and beautifully ripe, soft tannins. All this certainly puts Clos Mogador among Spain’s very finest wines.
RP: “The 2020 Clos Mogador comes from a very challenging vintage in Priorat, a year with lots of rain and some fungus problems that are very unusual in the zone, which is usually very healthy. They bought a further four hectares so they could keep the volume despite the difficulties with mildew. The wine is more tannic and a little astringent despite now having any time in barrels anymore; starting this year, it matured exclusively in 2,000-liter oak foudre, and the impact of the wood is milder. A very good result, it’s powerful but has good balance. The vintage is more tannic, and the quality of the tannins is not the same as those from 2019, as they couldn’t wait for better tannins because of the risk of losing acidity and freshness.” 97/100