2017 Sara Pérez y René Barbier La Vinya del Vuit

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Appellation Priorat (Appellation)
Winery Sara Pérez y René Barbier
Vintage 2017
Grape Carignan Garnacha
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2034
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Sara Pérez is in charge of the Clos Martinet family domain and is the daughter of José Luis Pérez, one of the most important figures in the Spanish wine world. Together with her husband René Barbier Jr. (Clos Mogador) Sara Pérez owns and vinifies beautiful wines on Venus La Universal, among others, but they are actually constantly looking for the diamonds and they know that a unique country brings unique wines. This has now been proven with the iconic Clos Mogador, Venus Universal and Espectacle wines. The Catalan name Vinya La Vuit means: The Vineyard of the Eight and the 8 now well-known winemakers and Sommeliers are Sara Perez, Ester Nin, Nuria Perez, Montse Mateo, Iban Foix Rene, Barbier, Julian Basté and Philippe Thévenon. In some countries, including the USA, the wine is also called the El 8.

This great wine La Vinya del Vuit is also made by the famous husband Sara Perez & Rene Barbier (Clos Mogador). This top-notch Priorat is a blend of Cariñena and Garnatxa from more than 80 years old miniscule vineyards that are organically maintained and the plowing and harvesting is done with the help of a mule. The soil consists mainly of slate (Llicorella) located at over 350 meters with an orientation to the south. The wine has matured for 18 months in French and Austrian oak barrels and Rene and Sarah then keep the wine in the cellar for many years because they believe that this wine is always drunk much too early. Only around 2000 bottles of this topper have been made (and this is also the maximum production) and are only released to the official importers of Mas Martinet and Clos Mogador (and then only a handful of boxes) so we are happy and especially proud that we being able to offer this wine as an importer of Rene and Sara.

95/100 Parker

FACT: Every vintage of this iconic Priorat wine gets a different label, so it's also great to collect. In our frequent conversations with Rene Barbier, he personally thinks (and this is even more strongly confirmed by Sara) that his wines are actually always drunk too early. He indicates that it is an economic necessity to release the wines annually, but in his heart he would much rather release the wines only after a minimum of 5 years. Sara is even more emphatic about this and thinks that the drinking window (and points) of the wine critics are looked at too much and too often. Although all their wines would always receive very high ratings if it were up to Sara, she would much rather not participate in this circus and it creates too many label and points drinkers instead of wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Rene and Sara also come up with a 2005 Partida Bellvissos which he will only release after 20 years. He has only bottled this in magnums and with this he wants to prove to wine lovers that his wines only become more beautiful with maturation / aging.

Vineyard for 2017 Sara Pérez y René Barbier La Vinya del Vuit

René Barbier (fourth generation of the same name !!!) started in the world of wine in 1992 at Clos Mogador with his father, the other René Barbier, the bearded and dedicated more than 20 years of his life to wine there. The first 10 years he worked mainly in the winery and then mainly in the vineyards and learned that unique land brings unique wines. This has now been proven with the iconic Clos Mogador, Venus Universal and Espectacle wines. In 2001 Rene Barbier had the opportunity to buy a small very old "coster" (steep sloping, traditional) vineyard called Els Bellvisos. This vineyard was abandoned and it was fascinating, in the middle of a steep quarry of holm oaks, the views and the absolute inhospitability are spectacular. It was during this same period that another major influence came into Rene's life in the form of Sara Pérez, his current wife and partner. The daughter of José Luis Pérez, one of the most important figures in the Spanish wine world.

Together with Sara they have brought the Bellvisos vineyard back into production. It was an uncompromising place, but one that offered the chance to make a wine that was one with nature. They started this project based on their philosophy of life: a sustainable, organic project where they could close the circle of life. This fascinating place known as Bellvisos (Bella Vista - Beautiful View) is an extremely steep "coster" or sloping vineyard which, due to the structure of the Llicorella or slate soil, makes it impossible to build vineyard terraces. It was abandoned 40 years before herbicides and chemical pesticides were available so was already completely original organic and biological. There are no neighbors because of the steep slopes around it: not even the bravest would plant a vineyard here! As a result, the area has been in perfect balance for a long time.

Ten years ago they started pruning and the abandoned vines at Bellvisos were brought back into production. They use a mule and hand plowing alternated with cutting the weeds. We apply herbal tea and milk whey as fertilizer and constantly walk through the vines. All manual and aimed at maintaining balance between the freshness of the plot and the depth that is typical Priorat (that which makes the wines so unique). We decide when to harvest based on our taste buds and our intuition… according to a very personal criterion. We prepare each wine in the vineyard by reproducing the wild yeasts ourselves that will lead to a natural alcoholic fermentation, preserving the different aromas according to each vintage.

The Bellvisos and the Partida del Pedrer wines come from this great unique, authentic vineyard in the heart of the Priorat.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Appellation Priorat (Appellation)
Winery Sara Pérez y René Barbier
Grape Carignan, Garnacha
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2017
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2034
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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