2015 Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant

Grenache - 1.5L
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REVIEWS

WA 96 VN 94
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018

The 2015 Espectacle del Montsant is a ripe and classic vintage for this exceptional wine produced from a single vineyard in Montsant. This has a forward personality—open, expressive and showy in the nose—from a typically...
VN 94

Vinous, April 2019

Brilliant violet color. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes red/blue fruit liqueur, candied flowers and Asian spices, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Impressively concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Grenache
Country Spain
Region Montsant
Vintage 2015
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

Espectacle del Montsant is a project jointly owned by Rene and Isabelle Barbier (owners of Clos Mogador in Priorat), Fernando and Marta Zamora (oenologists and teachers at University of Tarragona), and Charlotte and Christopher Cannan (owners of Clos Figueras in Priorat).

The single, 2-hectare vineyard is located in the commune of La Figuera slightly northwest of Gratallops, just outside the Priorat DOQ. It looks onto the famous Montsant Mountain, hence the name, as well as the Ebro valley and even the distant Pyrenees 200 km away.

This outstanding wine comes from a single, very steep vineyard planted solely with Grenache. The vines, all more than 100-years old are in clay and limestone soil. The vines have been carefully tended by Rene Barbier’s Clos Mogador team and the wine vinified by Rene himself.

Grapes are picked by hand and chilled for 24 hours at 4°C in the winery. Initial sorting is by hand. After de-stemming, a second, automatic selection takes place on a vibrating sorting table. The grapes undergo a 30-day fermentation in a single, large French oak vat and then mature 14 to 16 months further in the same vessel.

The wine is stunning, with glorious ripe Grenache fruit and wonderful soft spicy flavors, along with the enormous depth and richness provided by old vines.

The 2015 Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant is a notable Grenache from the Montsant region of Spain. This wine, produced by Espectacle, is characterized by its deep red color and a robust alcohol content of 15.5%. It is sealed with a traditional cork closure.

One of the standout features of the 2015 vintage is its expressive and forward personality, as highlighted by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, which awarded it an impressive score of 96. The reviewer notes, "The 2015 Espectacle del Montsant is a ripe and classic vintage for this exceptional wine produced from a single vineyard in Montsant. This has a forward personality—open, expressive and showy in the nose—from a typically warm and ripe year." This vintage is described as voluptuous and hedonistic, with a rounder and lusher profile compared to the 2014 vintage. The palate is gentler, featuring integrated acidity and a soft mouthfeel, making it an easy wine to appreciate.

Vinous also provided a commendable review, giving the wine a score of 94. Josh Raynolds from Vinous describes the wine as having a "brilliant violet color" and a "highly perfumed bouquet" that hints at red and blue fruit liqueur, candied flowers, and Asian spices, complemented by a smoky mineral overtone. The wine is noted for its impressive concentration and lively palate, showcasing flavors of black raspberry, cherry cola, violet pastille, and spicecake. Raynolds praises the wine's "compelling blend of power and finesse" and its impressively long finish, marked by harmonious tannins and intense, repeating floral notes.

In summary, the 2015 Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant is a rich and expressive Grenache that has garnered high praise from notable reviewers. It stands out for its lush and voluptuous profile, with a complex bouquet and a balance of power and finesse on the palate. This wine is an excellent representation of the Montsant region's potential to produce high-quality Grenache.