2012 Clos I Terrasses Laurel
Stunning value 2nd wine of Spanish cult wine, Clos Erasmus. 94 pts WA

 

Our latest Pick Of The Bunch is one of the greatest value reds to come out of Spain in recent years and this at the best price in the market.

As long-time agents of Daphne Glorian’s prestigious Priorat estate, Clos I Terrasses, we have obtained a sizable allocation of her recently released 2012 Laurel. Laurel is the second wine of the estate’s critically acclaimed flagship wine, Clos Erasmus, one of Spain’s most sought after cult wines. With Daphne now more ambitious than ever, the Laurel no longer stands in the shadow of its big brother, as evidenced by its recent 94 point score in the latest issue of the Wine Advocate.

Hailing from one of the best yet driest vintages in a decade, yields in Priorat were some of the lowest on record in 2012. In fact at Clos I Terrasses yields were halved amounting to only 9000 bottles of the Laurel. Like the best examples in 2012 it’s not only impressively rich and concentrated, but fresh with lots of poise. This makes all the difference in a year where some of its peers are rather overbearing. As the Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutierrez reports, “the wine is much fresher than anticipated for a warm and especially dry vintage”. No doubt the high elevation of the estate’s immaculately kept vineyards were a key contributing factor.

We have had the pleasure of enjoying Daphne’s 2012s on several occasions now and the Laurel is ready for business. Harvested from the same steeply sloped terraces as Clos Erasmus, but selling for a song compared to the flagship wine, the 2012 Laurel offers incredible value. Given this price differential, limited production and its quality vs. other similarly priced Spanish releases, we have already set aside stock for our own drinking and we recommend you do the same.

A note to our Hong Kong customers: as local agents for Clos I Terrasses we will have stock of the 2012 Laurel and 2012 Clos Erasmus on hand for local delivery.

2012 Clos I Terrasses Laurel @ €132 per 6-pack

“The 2012 Laurel is a blend of 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine had a different élevage as it matured in a combination of used barriques, 20-hectoliter oak vats, cement vats and 700-liter amphorae. This is a very savory vintage of Laurel with pungent, almost saline flavors. The wet slate and black fruit that I link to Gratallops are present but the wine is much fresher than anticipated for a warm and especially dry vintage in a hot village like Gratallops. There is a balsamic twist in the background, but the place comes through stronger than grapes or process. I also tasted the 2013 a couple of weeks before bottling and it showed even better than the already great 2012. 9,000 bottles produced.”

94 points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #219, www.erobertparker.com

“Dark Ruby colour. The nose is fresh and intense. Herbal notes, liquorice and then more dark fruit. Broad and full on the palate, rounded out by very fine tannins. A deep wine yet so fresh considering the vintage conditions. The high level of acidity balances things out nicely on the long finish. Some lingering spiciness, this would be a perfect match with some exotic food, wouldn’t fear a strong curry! Unpretentious, highly enjoyable and can be drunk now. Would be interesting to track its evolution if we can fight the urge to raid the cellar in the meantime!”

94 points, Catherine Cohen, Co-Owner CDP & Head Winemaker at Chateau Vieux Taillefer, www.cdpfinewines.com

Country: Spain
Region: Priorat
Producer: Clos I Terrasses
Winemaker: Daphne Glorian
Grape Variety: Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Pairing: Beef, lamb, pork or game. Can stand up to spicy dishes. Pairs well with Manchego or stronger cheeses such as blue cheese.

We also have a tiny quantity of the highly rated 2012 Clos Erasmus available for sale. This will be allocated due to the limited quantities produced so do let us know your interest for potential allocation.

2012 Clos I Terrasses Clos Erasmus @ €1050 per 6-pack

“After no 2011 was produced, the 2012 Clos Erasmus comes with renewed energy, a much fresher approach and a more transparent wine while keeping the slate typicity of Gratallops even in a tiny-yielding vintage. Part of the wine aged in 700-liter clay amphorae and the rest in Burgundy barrels that added a spicy patina to the nose, yet very much respected the wet slate character of the vintage. Contrary to previous vintages, the core of fruit is red rather than black; the 2013 that I tasted (not in bottle) followed pretty much this same direction. The palate shows power, elegance and a special mineral savoriness akin to licking stones. There is more Garnacha in the blend (there’s only 15% Syrah) which gives a Mediterranean juiciness. A new life for Erasmus, very much recognizable as Priorat, Gratallops and Erasmus, but with a more elegant haircut. Only 2,000 bottles produced.”

98 points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #219, www.erobertparker.com

Country: Spain
Region: Priorat
Producer: Clos I Terrasses
Winemaker: Daphne Glorian
Grape Variety: Garnacha, Syrah
Food Pairing: Beef, lamb, pork or game. Can stand up to spicy dishes. Pairs well with Manchego or stronger cheeses such as blue cheese.

Please note that the offered wines may not be available for sale in your market so please contact us for more information.