Els Escurcons, Priorato
Mas Martinet

Els Escurcons, Priorato, 2018


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2018

6x75cl

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£482.42



Mas Martinet, Els Escurcons, Priorato, 2018

2018

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Mas Martinet, Els Escurcons, Priorato, 2018
ABV:
14%
96/100
Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Bright-rimmed ruby. Mineral-accented aromas of fresh red and blue fruits, along with suggestions of exotic spices, potpourri and licorice. Stains the palate with sappy, mineral-accented black raspberry, cherry and mulberry flavors, while smoky minerality adds energetic lift and spine. Polished tannins shape the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and resonating mineral, spice and floral notes. All whole clusters.
Date Reviewed:
03/2021

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Spain

region:
Catalunya

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Mas Martinet

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Mas Martinet

Mas Martinet

When Sara Perez talks about her wines you listen. She is one of those infectious characters that manages to explain terroir in ways that are abstract yet wholly understandable. Her passion when talking about the vineyards she exploits is palpable and visible. Waving her arms and hunching her shoulders it is impossible not to be drawn in; it is mesmeric. You understand just what she means when she throws her arms up like a spring bursting from the earth and says “Escurons, it is life. It needs the cool breath of an amphora to truly allow it to express itself”. And when she hunches her shoulders and furrows her arms to the earth and says “Pesseroles is elemental and needs wood to give it some warmth” you get it too. Mas Martinet has come a long way since estate's inception in 1989 (the same time that Clos Dofi, Clos Mogador, Clos Erasmus and Clos de l'Obac were established) and, thanks to Sara Perez, is now one of the most respected of Spain’s small family estates. The emphasis here is on Garnacha and Carinena, with diminishing proportions of Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot making up the numbers. Between Menut and Martinet Bru, the entry level wines offer stunning silky fruit and slate-spiced wines representative of the region. Each of the single crus, meanwhile, is designed to represent a different era in the history of Priorato; Els Escurcons the pre-phylloxera era when locals would plant Garnacha at altitude to benefit from cooling breezes, Cami Pesseroles the era immediately after phylloxera when poor vignerons set about re-planting with the high yielding Carinena grape, and Clos Martinet representing the modern era, when international varieties arrived in Priorat and investment returned to the area. Experiments with food-trodden, naturally-styled whites have proven very exciting, and the 2017 vintage sees the first commercial release of Cami Pesseroles “Brisat” – a blend of Garnacha Blanca, Picpoul and Pedro Ximenez, raised in amphora and glass demi-johns. Up and down, the Mas Martinet wines are strikingly beautiful examples of what Priorato can achieve and demonstrate exactly why the wine-loving world should sit up and take note of this unique slate-rich region.

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