2016 Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant

Grenache - 1.5L
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2019

The floral, aromatic and citrusy 2016 Espectacle del Montsant has unusual finesse and freshness. It's a powerful Garnacha that feels light on its feet but with great inner strength, refined tannins and great acidity...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Grenache
Country Spain
Region Montsant
Vintage 2016
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 16%
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 2016 Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant is a red wine that embodies elegance and power. Produced by Espectacle, a renowned winery in the Montsant region of Spain, this wine showcases the exceptional quality of Grenache grapes.

In the glass, this red wine presents a deep and enticing hue that immediately captures the eye. The color is reminiscent of ripe cherries, with hints of ruby and garnet. Its intensity is a testament to the careful selection and handling of the grapes during the winemaking process.

On the nose, this wine unveils a mesmerizing bouquet that is both floral and aromatic. Notes of vibrant red berries, such as strawberries and raspberries, dance alongside delicate floral scents. There is also a citrusy touch that adds a refreshing element to the overall profile.

Upon tasting, the 2016 Espectacle del Montsant reveals a surprising finesse and freshness. Despite its powerful nature, it gracefully glides across the palate with a lightness that belies its inner strength. Refined tannins provide a smooth texture, while the wine's great acidity adds vibrancy and balance.

What sets this wine apart is its remarkable lack of oak influence, extraction, or excess ripeness. It is a pure expression of the Grenache grape, allowing its unique characteristics to shine through. Remarkably, this wine boasts an alcohol content of 16%, yet it remains beautifully structured and fresh.

The 2016 Espectacle del Montsant is a truly unique wine, showcasing the distinctive terroir of the north-facing vineyard and the limestone soils that impart chalky tannins. It culminates in a dry, tasty finish with a touch of salinity, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

With only 6,500 bottles produced, this wine is a limited edition gem that is sure to captivate wine enthusiasts. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a gourmet meal, the 2016 Espectacle Espectacle del Montsant promises an exceptional tasting experience.