Clos Figueras "Font de la Figuera" Priorat Blanco 2018
Viognier Blend｜Priorat, Spain
An inspired wine; one of a kind and absolutely delicious. For centuries monks and hermits have lived in priories in these mountainous hills called Priorat, ever since a fasting monk received a vision of steps leading to the sky.
Today, Priorat is known for its robust, potent, full-bodied reds. The Clos Figueras estate turns that notion on its head, founded with the guidance of the legendary René Barbier, the visionary responsible for putting Priorat on the map in the '70s. A blend 85% Viognier, with the balance made up of Garnacha Blanca and Chenin Blanc, it is quietly powerful. Subtle and graceful – like a turbo-charged Alfa Romeo coupe.
Open it and let it breathe for an hour to unfurl its voluminous layers of scents. It's gently caressing, graceful and deep, not unlike a fine Chassagne-Montrachet. Absurd value for money and a wine which will continue to evolve in the cellar for another decade, no doubt.
92 points Vinous media:
"Building floral character complements expansive aromas of pear skin, yellow plum and dried citrus fruits. Vibrant citrus, orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors are impressively focused and nervy, with a smoky mineral underpinning adding cut. The long, dry, floral-inflected finish shows very good clarity and persistence, leaving a subtle note of white peach behind. This suave, food-friendly wine was partially fermented in French oak barrels and then aged in stainless steel tanks for six months."
If you love hard-to-find, old world white wines with complexity, distinction, and poise look no further!
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