Clos 93 'L'Interrogant', Priorat, Spain 2016

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Clos 93 'L'Interrogant', Priorat, Spain 2016


When it comes to the wines from Priorat, we often hear the same complaint from our customers. They say that they can’t afford the wines they like and they don’t like the wines they can afford. It’s not fun being the piggy in the middle in that situation, but we have finally found a Priorat red that lets us join in the game and see what all the fuss is about. This is the best value wine from Priorat that we have ever tasted and we say that with apologies to the other delicious Priorat red on our list, the Vins I Llegendes.

It’s a blend of Grenache, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 9 months in 300 litre French oak barrels and it tastes insanely good! It’s not impenetrably dark, like many of Priorat’s top reds, which can often taste like chewing on liquorice sticks, it’s lifted and perfumed and sweetly seductive. Imagine scented cherry skins, peonies and umeboshi (that’s not the expletive that a samurai cries out when he stubs his toe, it’s the name of a sweet and sour Japanese condiment made from pickled plums), followed by suggestions of tamarind paste, orange peel, damson and sheer splendour. It’s rich, but silky and the tannins are saturated in immaculate purple fruit, so it doesn’t stall on the palate, but glides down much too easily and is beautiful to drink with or without food. A dark mineral streak leads to a long, precisely tapered finish where all the delicious elements happily converge. 14.5% alc. Limited production (790 cases). Drink now-2025.

Press Reviews:

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): “Gamey and peppery nose, but so plush, so sumptuous; dark chocolate and damson liqueur. Rich but with tremendous acidity, a luminosity at the centre, like a back-lit ruby wrapped in black velvet. Tannins that melt in the mouth, melting into the dark poached fruit and the zing of citrus peel. Seductive but serious, graphite lines drawing long and firm through to the finish.” 17.5 points

Customer comments:

“Tried last night and it certainly lived up to its billing - gloriously fruity, mineral and very long on the finish. V drinkable now, but I reckon it will be better in 12 months ... if anyone can keep it that long. Will be back for more soon.” - Mr. T.M.

Excellent wine!” - Ms. J.H.

L’Interrogant is completely delicious. Do you have another 12 bottle case?” - Mrs. D.C.

I recommended this to a friend who likes Priorat….a lot. His father-in-law, a Spanish economist who knows more than just numbers, came to stay, tried the wine and declared it was the best Priorat he had ever tasted.” - Mr. L.M.

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