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Priorat visit: Clos Erasmus & Nit de Nin

To me the Clos Ersamus 2013 is simply the best wine of Spain in the magic 2013 vintage, tasted 2 times and rated 99/100 and 100/100… also we tasted the 2014 and barrel samples of 2015 and 2016… that leaves you speechless!!

We also had the pleasure to visit Carles and Ester, who are experimenting with Amphoras for part of the wine that seems very interesting, planting new cepages like Carignan blanc with is not officially authorized yet, but seems very promising… and their Nit de Nin just gets better and better every year in this incredible terroir of Mas Del Encarcador which is probably in the top 3 best terroirs of Priorat!!

2014 Clos Erasmus Priorat Laurel
Huge nose of mineral, salty licorice, cold black cherries, loads of iodine, very expressive for such a young Laurel!! Very fresh taste, cold red cherries, lot of salt, amazing freshness!! (95 points)

2014 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Very cold, incense, black characoal, salty, red berries, cedar wood… Mineral, cold, chalky, high acidity, red berries, very fresh and feminine 95/100 today as the wine was very closed, but potentially (97-98/100)

2015 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Grenache barrel sample: Very nice nose of ripe red cherries, earth, sandalwood… Amazing minerality, sappy red fruit, red berries, very long aftertaste, very delicate and feminine tannins, great fresh wine in the making!!

Syrah barrel sample: Nice nose of griotte cherries, salinity, amazing minerality, nice acidity… Sappy fruit, croquant, all the magic of the licorella!! (95-97/100)

2016 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Very early grenache barrel sample, difficult to judge the nose at this stage… seems very promising, with probably a bit more concentration than 2015 and even more minerality & freshness… Looking forward to retaste this in a few years!! (96-98/100)

2015 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Planetes de Nin – Carignan blanc
Nose of white peach, white pears, coing.. light taste , pears, coing, nice freshness, a bit short at this stage, probably needs a little bit more bottle age to develop (88 points)

2014 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Planetes de Nin – Blanc
Nose of pears, very fresh, hint of vanilla, grilled hazelnuts… High acidity and mineral, very dry finish, seems even a bit tannic, a hint of greenness in the finish (89 points)

2013 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Selma de Nin
Roussanne, Marsanne, Chenin<br />Very mineral, yellow and green apple, roasted hazelnut… Combination of minerality and concentration… WOW (93 points)

2015 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Planetes de Nin – Amfora
Very black nose, ripe black cherries, characoal.. High acidity, red berries, nice starter wine (88 points)

2014 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Planetes de Nin
Nice ripe black fruit, hint of vanilla, hint of characoal… tasted with food, has very delicate tannins, very nice ripe red cherries, good length, beautiful finish… One of the best Planetes so far with beautiful Carignena!! (93 points)

2015 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Planetes de Nin
Grenache barrel sample: Nose of ripe black cherries, very spicy, freshly cutted grass… nice roundnesshint of green, tannins integrated (90/100)

Carignan barrel sample: Nse of red berries, herbe coupée… Huge structure, beautiful tannin grain, a bit more austere, needs food (90/100)<br />Grenache Peluda barrel sample: Beautiful nose of ripe red cherries, very ripe pepers, black peper… Delicious sappy red berries, nice ripe tannins, good length, very nice!! (94/100)

2014 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Nit de Nin
Huge nose of black cherries, huge minerality, very black, roasted meat, bacon… Magnific salinity, loads of ripe black cherries, followed by huge minerality and salinity, bacon, roasted meat, finish of 45 seconds!!! (98 points)

2015 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Nit de Nin
Black black fruit, characoal, incense… wow very very refined, light red fruit, ripe tannins, building up with beautiful length, 30 sec length, tannins are hypra refined, the tannins feel like powder falling on the tongue, super feminine!! (97 points)

Puligny-Montrachet: 1er et Grand Cru

Puligny-Montrachet is one of my favourite appellation in Burgundy, so it was very exiting to compare all these top producers blind!!  Terroir rules in Burgundy and the classification was pretty well respected… The Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru was the clear winner (28 votes)… 2nd place to Henri Boillot was a magic Clos de la mouchère (18 votes) and 3rd place to Pierre Yves Colin Morey (13 votes)… The Saint-Aubin 1er Cru were fantastic, but all beaten by their Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru from the same producer, which showed more complexity and lenght.

2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc
Light nose of golden apple, hint of grilled hazelnut… taste very much yellow apple with citrus finish, hint of greeness… good but not great! (88 points)

2015 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bourgogne Blanc
Nice nose of very mineral, loads of citrus, oysters… taste is very sharp minerality, grany smith apple, flintstones… very special, I hope everybody will love this particular style!! (89 points)

2014 Gerard Thomas Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chatenière
Light smoky nose, yellow and green apple, hint of minerality… Very delicate, laser sharp fresh acidity, good fatness, grilled hazelnut, yellow apple, very feminine and delicate! (90 points)

2014 Gerard Thomas Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Quite nice concentrated mineral nose, flintstone, yellow and green apple… good concentration, of citrus minerality, great lenght of 20 seconds! (92 points)

2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chatenière
Loads of grilled hazelnut, brioche, pain grille, yellow apple, mineral citrus… Pure silky citrus, green apple, some fat smoothening the acidity, very delicious!! (94 points)

2014 Gerard Thomas Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne
Wow… Very concentrated and complex nose of citrus with orange blossom, oyster shelves … very concentrated taste of citrus and orange blossom, very fresh acidity and mineral (94 points)

2014 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet
Very grany smith apple nose, hint of petrol… very high acidity, green apple, mineral, picant… much too young, should improve with age (91 points)

1998 Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières
Nice nose of nuts, yellow apple, grilled hazelnuts… Very fat, brioche, probably a bit over the hill but still very nice! (91 points)

1998 Domaine Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet
Very oxydized, nuts, nuts, nuts, levure… was probably better 10 years ago… totally over the hill… (85 points)

2014 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère
Huge nose of grilled hazelnuts, brioche, golden apples, matchstick, very mineral, laser sharp nose… taste is woaouw, with huge mineral citrus, matchstick, nice fatness, lenght of 45 seconds! great great wine!! (96 points)

2013 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain
Nice nose of citrus and loads of orange blossom… very concentrated, orange, flinstone, matchstick, laser sharp acidity… very very nice aftertaste, great great wine, I just love Pierre Yves wines!! (95 points)

2011 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon
very green herbal nose, green apple… taste is green apple, nice mineral, but lacking a bit of complexity, overall impression is picant with some “paint” impression… good but not up to it’s level… (91 points)

2013 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bâtard-Montrachet
beautiful nose of accacia honey, flintstone, mineral, orange blossom… wow wow taste of powerful honey with laser sharp acidity, minerality, super feminine and 45 sec aftertaste!! (97 points)

Champagne blind tasting

Champagne blind tasting is always very interesting as the brands are very strong and can influence the perception!  We started with a flight of “Non Vintage Brut” where the Veuve Clicquot showed as best, probably helped by the 4 years cellaring that has softened the edges :-)… While the Moet showed very dissapointing, and the Roederer was quite young but with lot of potential… Moving to the Vintage Champagnes, the Moet 2000 showed great concentration and still alive after 17 years!!  Now the big boys, no surprise the Comte de Champagne from Taittinger were fabulous and best at 22 years of age… But the Dom Pérignon 1998 stole the show and showed even better than few years ago… Conclusion for me, don’t be afraid to cellar your good Champagne a few years if you have a good cellar!!

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut – NV
This bottle has been aged for 5 years in my cellar after purchasing… Very nice nose of brioche and apricot… taste of yellow apple, no hard edges, nice balance, very nice!! (91 points)

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial
Not very impressive, big bubbles, nose a bit closed… taste of yellow apple, hint of greenness in the finish… very disappointing! (85 points)

Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier – NV
Very nice nose of hazelnuts, toasted bread, yellow apple… taste of Grany Smith, nice balance, nice minerality. (90 points)

Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs – NV
Light nose of hazelnuts, yellow apple… Grany Smith apple, nice acidity, very light greenness (89 points)

2000 Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial
Powerful nose of brioche, butter, yellow apple, hint of vanilla… Very woody, powerful, a bit too modern and heavy! (90 points)

Jean Milan Champagne Grand Cru Grande Reserve 1864 Blanc de Blancs – NV
Nose with a hint of vanilla, hint of smoke… taste of yellow apple, hint of vanilla, toasted bread, nice balance (92 points)

2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
Nose of white flowers, honey, hint of brioche, hint of smoke, hazelnut… taste of grilled hazelnut, granny smith, nice acidity (93 points)

1995 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
Nose of Mokka, biscuit, apricot, very brioche and butter… taste of delicious brioche and butter, very nice balance, very nice lenght !! (95 points)

1998 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon
Very nice nose of toasted bread, very elegant, hazelnuts, patisserie… taste of very nice roasted brioche, grilled almonds, hint of forest floor (96 points)

Restaurant – El Celler can Rocca

It is my second visit to this “#1 best restaurant of the world”… Not only the food is great, but they also have an amazing cellar and wine list… we took our fair share of the rare and exquisite wines 🙂

2011 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Boudriotte
Light nose of citrus, mineral… Very delicate citrus, mineral finish, very feminine wine, not overpowering (90 points)

2010 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Tillets
Very mineral nose, buttery, yellow apple, hint of eucalyptus… Very concentrated, laser sharp acidity, grany smith apple, huge lenght of 30 sec!! (94 points)

2012 Familia Nin-Ortiz Priorat Selma de Nin
Very nice nose of grilled hazelnuts, yellow apple, citrus, mineral… Wow grany Smith apple, white peach, grilled hazelnut, very fat and long aftertaste, nice mineral finish. (94 points)

2011 La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
Nose of cutted grass, white flowers, green pepers… Nice fatness, very concentrated, loads of glycerine, apple and citrus finish, very powerful, went very well with the maquereau! (92 points)

2014 Suertes del Marqués Valle de la Orotava El Ciruelo
Very pinot noir nose, light red cherries, sandalwood, very animal… very fresh red berries, light tannins, very Burgundian wine. (91 points)

2011 Viñedos de Páganos Rioja El Puntido
Beautiful and huge nose of ripe blackberries, nice integrated vanilla, exotic wood… Blackberries and strawberries, very elegant with 30 sec lenght, nice freshness very elegant!! (95 points)

2013 Clos Erasmus Priorat
Wow wow wow, I’m almost crying!! Huge saline nose, iodine, strawberries, oriental spices… Very very mineral, elegant, ripe red berries, very saline, very complex, very feminine and 45 seconds finish!! (100 points)

2015 Còsmic Vinyaters Carignan Essencia
Huge nose of almonds, marzipan, nuts, brown sugar… Huuuuge acidity, citrus, brown sugar, lenght of 60 seconds. Such a freshness, one of the discoveries of the year! (97 points)

Priorat Restaurant – Brots

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2014 En Numeros Vermells Priorat Garnatxa Negra
Strong peper, red cherries, sandalwood… high acidity, lacking a bit of fruit, red berries, concentrated, searing tannins, lacking a bit of finesse. (91 points)

2014 En Numeros Vermells Priorat Carinyena
Salty black licorice nose, very concentrated, ripe black cherries… Nice freshness & acidity of old carignan, super silky tannins, nice freshness of 30 seconds. (95 points)

2012 Clos Figueras Priorat Clos Figueres
Very elegant nose of ripe strawberries, nice minerality, nice iodine…High acidity, ripe cherries, mineral finish, 20 sec. (94 points)

1975 Cellers de Scala Dei Priorat Cartoixa
Deep black colour, nose of Port, hint of Madeira, brown sugar, animal fur, good acidity and still present fruit, good lenght. But the tired nose is a little bit disturbing… (88 points)

Priorat visit: Ferrer Bobet

One of the newest and most modern domains… The vineyard is still a bit young, but lot of potential ahead!

2014 Ferrer Bobet Priorat
Vine age 8-12 years old (50% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cabernet) Cold nose of dark cherries, hint of salinity… Loads of red berries, nice acidity, very silky tannins, very approcheable (90 points)

2014 Ferrer Bobet Priorat Vinyes Velles
(70% Carignan 30% Grenache) A little bit closed nose of black cherries, hint of saltiness…. Very silky tannins, red berries, nice acidity (92 points)

2013 Ferrer Bobet Priorat Seleccio Especial
Ripe nose of ripe cerise du Nord, red berries, hint of salinity… Very concentrated red berries, a bit thick fruit, good lenght, nice acidity (93 points)

Priorat visit: Terroir Al Limit

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Dominik Huber is a visionary in winemaking, as he was one of the 1st one to push the limit and search for freshness and finesse in winemaking… and he is really pushing the limit!! J
2014 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Terra de Cuques
90% Pedro Jimenez 10% Muscat. Superb nose of White flowers, honey… very muscat, orange peel, chamomile tea, nice fatness balanced with acidity and mineral, yellow apple, honey finish (91 points)

2014 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Torroja Vi de Vila
Light nose of red berries, hint of salty licorice… Very very fresh, delicate tannins, red berries (90 points)

2014 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat L’Arbossar
100% Carignan, north exposition. Flower nose , red berries, spicy, rose petals… Very cold tannins, light and delicate, you can feel that the wine is north faced… others preferred than me. (89 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Dits del Terra
Powerful nose of strawberries, nice salinity, fresh red berries,… very fresh but still ripe cherries, totally ripe tannins, very nice balance. (92 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Pedra de Guix
Grenache blanc, Marselan, Pedro Jimenez. Nose of rose petal, exotic fruit, white peach… taste of white peach, apple, very discrete acidity, hints of mineral, very feminine, all in finesse (91 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Les Manyes
100% Grenache, hint of peper, rose petal, red berries… Super silky tannins, really really delicate… I’ve never tasted such feminine Grenache, this is the Leroy of Priorat!! (95 points)

2013 Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda. Priorat Les Tosses
Nice nose of red ripe strawberries, nice freshness, sandalwood… Concentrated red berries, nice mineral, fresh, very delicate and feminine (94 points)