Clos I Terrasses Priorat Laurel 2018

95 Wine Advocate



Country: Spain

Region: Priorat

Variety: Grenache 70%, Syrah 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

Terroir: schist

Winemaking: fermentation in a combination oak, concrete egg and clay amphorae; 16-18 months in 20hl French oak tanks, neutral 228L French oak barrels and clay amphorae; certified Organic

Laurel is the second, softer, lighter wine from the Clos i Terrasses estate run by Daphne Glorian in Priorat, a Spanish region untapped until fairly recently. In fact, Glorian is a big reason the region has developed a name for itself on the world stage. When the Swiss-born Glorian visited the region in the 1980s, she had no intention of purchasing any vines.

Convinced by the untapped potential of the region, however, she decided to purchase a plot of land and plant Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Grenache vines. Wine lovers ought to be grateful that she did. In 2004, when she started farming biodynamically, her estate was given a score of 100 Parker points for her first wine, Clos Erasmus. The estate’s wine today is highly regarded and sought after. Demonstrating that wine from Priorat can keep up with any region in the world given the right care and attention, which Glorian certainly offers. -Cellartours

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 96
The second wine here and one that is easier to drink, the 2018 Laurel was produced with fruit from the younger vines, a couple of barrels that are declassified from Clos Erasmus and the Cabernet Sauvignon, more or less 70% Garnacha and 15% each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has good ripeness and still a pH of 3.3. It fermented mostly in oak vats and 2,000-liter concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured for 18 months in 20,000-liter oak and concrete vats, second use barriques and some clay amphorae. It’s a bright translucent ruby color and has a perfumed and delicate nose with notes of orange peel and flowers; this is the most elegant and ethereal vintage of Laurel as far as I can remember, with red rather than black fruit and a kind of cranberry quality. The palate is medium-bodied, textured and fluid, with subtleness, balance and very fine tannins. The oak is perfectly integrated, and the wine is easy to drink, approachable and very pleasurable right now. It’s a fresh vintage with energy and finesse, quite different from previous vintages. I love it. 22,825 bottles and 515 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2020.


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