The second stop on our Priorat Tour was Clos Figueras for lunch and a bit of wine tasting.
The History of Clos Figueras
In 1997 René Barbier, his family (the same family that owns Clos Mogador) and a few friends purchased Clos Figueras.
It took around two years of work to rejuvenate the terraces before planting new root stock of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and Syrah which they brought in from the Southern Rhone Valley.
In 2000 Clos Figueras purchased a number of other vineyards that were planted with mature Grenache and Carignan vines, increasing the land holdings to about 18 hectares.
Priorat is one of only two wine regions in Spain that qualify for Denominació d’Origen Qualificada (DOQ), the highest grading awarded by the Spanish Government. Can you guess which is the other region?
Priorat is known for its unique terroir of llicorella, which is a combination of black slate and quartz. This terrior produces some amazing wines, which is why I wanted to visit. The beautiful scenery was an added benefit.
Clos Mogador was founded in 1979 by René Barbier III and his wife Isabelle Meyer when they purchased few hectares of Grenache near Gratallops a two hour drive south of Barcelona.
I recently had the privilege to eat at Restaurant Gaig in Barcelona Spain. Gaig Singapore is one of my favourite restaurants and so, with the help of Nuria the daughter of Charle Gaig the acclaimed Chef I was able to get a booking for dinner.
First impressions of Restaurant Gaig is that this is a classy joint. Everything about the place, the greeting how we were escorted to the table, the décor made it clear we were in for a very special night.
I had no idea what to expect other than it is a nice Spanish seaside town, seriously what does that mean, that there are bad seaside towns in Spain???? Obviously I need a Sitges Spain Walkabout to find out.
My first impressions were it is cold, around 1 or 2 C when I arrived late last night, but a bit of cold is refreshing, especially after around 25 hours of travel.
I woke up to amazingly clear blue skies and a brisk 4 or 5 C, so far so good.
Recently I visited d’Arenberg McLaren Vale to taste a few of their wines. A very unique experience, doubt that there would be any other winery on the planet with a cellar door experience quite like d’Arenberg McLaren Vale.
d’Arenberg is rated by James Halliday a 5 Red Star Winery.
5 Red Stars Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years. Where the winery name is itself is printed in red, it is a winery generally acknowledged to have had a long track record of excellence in the context of its region — truly the best of the best.