2018 A Priori

93 Points

“Very light red cherry with a base of young plum, menthol, very light potpourri notes, and dried sage. Light and fresh on the palate, quite clean fruit with a fresh finish that holds some lingering plum notes.”

—Hudin.com

95 Points

Exclusively from the estate’s oldest carignan trees planted in 1915. The soil is extremely inhospitable, but it loves carignan. De-stemmed and made with reassembly and a minimal amount of sulphite added. Giant wine. I am blown back in the chair by the sound at maximum volume. Currants, cherries, undergrowth, currants and dried cloves. Firmness, rustic tannin in the fine way, virile, robust and resilient, but rich and concentrated. Drop ideas about floating carignan. You have to feel that grape in the midriff, and you do that here.

[…] Firmness, rustic tannin in the fine way, virile, robust and resilient, but rich and concentrated. Drop ideas about floating carignan. You have to feel that grape in the midriff, and you do that here.

-Rene Langdahl

95 Points

This wine tastes primal, taking you back to a time and place you’ve never experienced but feels known. It’s pure Carignan and exudes a brooding, muted fragrance. The attack is intense – powerful and earthy, streaming in with much more than just fruit. Salt-dried black olives, cool steel and slate as well as cherries and blackberries emerge and shift, while a firm grip and a slight chalkiness lend tension and intrigue.

This wine tastes primal, taking you back to a time and place you’ve never experienced but feels known. It’s pure Carignan and exudes a brooding, muted fragrance. The attack is intense […]

-Toronto Star

MARK PYGOTT MW

A Priori 2019


“Many have tried to tame the grizzled personality of Carignan, which often has all the bones but none of the flesh that is necessary for great wine, but few succeed. In Priorat, old vine Carignan is able to offer a little more than the best from across the Pyrenees and Clos Salanca’s ‘A Priori’ might be my favourite iteration of this grape so far. This wine throbs with energy with acidity that enlivens whilst the tannins grab your attention but never dominate. Yet it is the fruit here that is so remarkable. Fresh and sappy with a reassuring depth and persistence that marks this wine out as something rather fine. The 2019 is beautiful now but it will be mesmeric in another five years. Highly recommended.”

“Many have tried to tame the grizzled personality of Carignan, which often has all the bones but none of the flesh that is necessary for great wine, but few succeed. In Priorat, old vine Carignan is able to offer a little more than the best from across the Pyrenees and Clos Salanca’s ‘A Priori’ might be my favourite iteration of this grape so far […]. “

“Dark fruited with some ripe cherry notes and minor black olive with a bit of sage and green tobacco, holding black tea at the base, and some very minor toasted notes. Dark fruited on the palate as well with a good deal of acidity that lingers into the finish.”

-Hudin.com

2018 CIURANA

92 POINTS

18 POINTS OUT OF 20

“Rich and powerful but maintaining a silky texture. I like how the cutting acidity balances the wine. Impressively deep. New-wave Priorat in the best sense. Black pepper, crushed black fruit, sweet, softened tannins. A new, top, classic Priorat has been born.”

-Ferran Centelles

92 POINTS

50/50 grenache and carignan and climbed up to 15%, but above that a priorat must lie according to David Forer. Just like in Châteauneuf, I say and agree. Red forest fruit, forest floor, blackberry, compost pile and wildness. A slight note of age, but freshness on the tongue, wilderness structure, high paradoxical acidity again and refreshing aftertaste with robustness bordering on brutality… in ballet shoes.

[…] A slight note of age, but freshness on the tongue, wilderness structure, high paradoxical acidity again and refreshing aftertaste with robustness bordering on brutality… in ballet shoes.

-Rene Langdahl

96 Points

50 per cent Carignan and 50 per cent Grenache, seems closed at first. It needs to be coaxed open with decanting and time. Then, it reveals its slow scent that hovers between perfectly ripe blackberries and the cool, firm serenity of graphite. This is a wine that doesn’t just taste of its place – it is its place. It erupts on the palate with rich, velvet fruit cloaking iron-fist intensity. The sensation of sun-ripened blackberry and dried cherry gives way to slate and stone. Each sip releases with what feels like quiet intent.

[…] This is a wine that doesn’t just taste of its place – it is its place. It erupts on the palate with rich, velvet fruit cloaking iron-fist intensity. The sensation of sun-ripened blackberry and dried cherry gives way to slate and stone. Each sip releases with what feels like quiet intent.

-Toronto Star

2019 CAP BLANC

92 POINTS

“White pear and dried green apple with a bit of dried orange and lemon peel, very light notes of rosemary and herbal spice, developing tertiary porcini note, and light green almonds. Nicely defined on the palate with good weight throughout the mid palate, citric grip and a lengthy finish overall.”

-Hudin.com

93 POINTS

Pure grenache blanc of 15% in 300-400 liter casks and made with battonage. 7 g. acid per liters in a grenache! That says something about Priorat’s mystique. A nose with dried papaya, oil product, honey, butterscotch and rich oily viscosity, but with this magical acidity that comes in the aftertaste. They do not give skin contact to grenache blanc here, again against the trend. There is ha
y and old-fashioned churned butter in the aftertaste. Excellent grenache blanc.

[…] with this magical acidity that comes in the aftertaste. They do not give skin contact to grenache blanc here, again against the trend. There is ha
y and old-fashioned churned butter in the aftertaste. Excellent grenache blanc.

-Rene Langdahl

93 Points

A pure Grenache, starts with the radiant fragrance of honey and lemon, nougat and a touch of dried apricot. Then it swirls in, beaming with intensity while a chiselled chalky texture underpins the fruit. Despite it being 14 per cent alcohol – it’s difficult not to grow super ripe fruit in that hot region – the wine remains in perfect balance for now. Spiralling acidity winds through the honey butter and nut centre, keeping the wine lit and crisp. As the attack recedes, toasted meringue, then raw nut and finally chalk persists on the finish. 

[…] Spiralling acidity winds through the honey butter and nut centre, keeping the wine lit and crisp. As the attack recedes, toasted meringue, then raw nut and finally chalk persists on the finish. 

-Toronto Star

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