One of our most traded reds this past year and a CDP Top Trade recommendation is respected winemaker, René Barbier’s spectacular 2012 Clos Mogador. Celebrated and appreciated by wine critics and drinkers alike for its sense of place, sumpteousness and attractive price, Clos Mogador is a very smart buy indeed. It’s hardly surprising then that we have sold several hundred cases and counting of this pretty Priorat from the 2012 vintage.
The very moment we tasted his 2012 from bottle we knew and tweeted https://twitter.com/cdpfinewines that it was one of René’s finest efforts to date. Fast forward a couple of months and Luis Guitierrez, the Wine Advocate’s Spanish wine critic, awarded it a stunning 98 points exclaiming that; “If this is always a bargain for the quality it delivers, it is even more so in 2012!” (WA, issue #219). High praise indeed and we couldn’t agree more. Add the fact that the only other Clos Mogador to score 98 WA points is the much pricier 2005 (€65-€125/bottle) and the value on offer here is obvious.
As long-time agents in France, and now in Hong Kong, we have regular opportunities to enjoy and assess René’s wonderful wines and we always delight in this privilege. While the 2012 Clos Mogador has real aging potential we are less precious than some with wines this fruit-foward so we have no reservations about pulling corks and nor should you… Don’t miss out on this opportunity to secure a couple of cases of this spectacular Spanish red before our last remaining cases are snapped up.
2012 Clos Mogador @ €288 per 6-pack
The 2012 Clos Mogador is nothing short of spectacular. They started in 1999 with some Cariñena, and they gradually increased the Garnacha and reduced the Cabernet. 2012 is possibly the vintage of Mogador with less Cabernet, as it didn’t behave well in such warm year. René Barbier senior tells me it reminds him of the freshness of the 2000 that he generously uncorked for me to compare; they only have a handful of bottles for the old vintages! The nose of this 2012 is still little reticent but not reduced like many vintages in the past, slowly showing a great Mediterranean-Atlantic balance with notes of herbs, wet slate and graphite. The super-elegant palate offers great acidity and freshness with incredibly layered and delineated flavors that have an electric, mineral sensation with tension and really fine tannins. There are no traces of oak and no edges… rugged silk? This is a Mogador for decades. If this is always a bargain for the quality it delivers, it is even more so in 2012!
98 points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #219, www.erobertparker.com
Producer: Clos Mogador
Winemaker: René Barbier
Grape Variety: Cariñena, Garnacha, 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.
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