“The red wines begin with the flagship 2008 Clos Mogador. It is made up of 40% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Dense purple in color, it sports an expansive bouquet of liquid minerality, wood smoke, game, Asian spices, truffle, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate with layered fruit and precision balance, this loaded Priorat provides a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023.
Rene Barbier was kind enough to open a range of older Clos Mogadors including 1991, 1999, 2001, and 2005. The 2001 and 2005 vintages previously received high ratings worthy of the quality of these great vintages. However, 1991 was a vintage damaged by hail, but this bottle is doing fine with another 10-12 years of life remaining. The 1999 vintage was challenging and this is a relatively light Mogador but still in fine condition. Because of insufficient evidence, the jury is still out on the longevity of the top Priorats but more and more data points keep popping to suggest that 20 and even 30 years is possible.”
— Jay Miller / eRobertParker.com