2020 Clos Mogador Nelin Blanco

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Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Appellation Priorat (Appellation)
Winery Clos Mogador
Year 2020
Grape Garnacha Macabeo
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2032
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This great white wine comes from Rene Barbier. It is a blend of mainly white Grenache and Macebo and comes from a small vineyard of 5.8 hectares divided into 4 plots and on average between ~7000 bottles are made. The grapes have had 12 months of education with natural yeasts of the grapes in oak barrels of 12000 liters (foudres) and then another 6 months in stainless steel and then another 6-12 months of bottle aging. In the coming years, this white wine will release completely with notes of honey, minerals and spring flowers. Spicy, velvety, nutty and complex with a great aftertaste. One of the few real white storage wines that only gets more beautiful, spicier and mineral with age. Nice tannins and a pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Famous and very scarce. The Nelin from the Priorat was made by the quirky Frenchman Rene Barbier Jr, who is also the creator of the cult wines Clos Mogador, Manyettes and Espectacle.

At Clos Mogador they have chosen to give their red Clos Mogador and white Nelin a longer bottle aging. We only received the Nelin 2020 in March 2023. Only 6,880 bottles were made of this 2019 vintage and, according to Rene, it is one of the very best vintages of this already iconic wine.

FACT: In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this fine wine. We will automatically send it to you when you order this wine

René Barbier Meyer, Clos Mogador Winery Winemaker

Nelin is how our family interprets a Priorat white wine. In Nelin we play with skins, inspired by the old «brisats»*, working with indigenous yeast, fermentations longer than 6 months, aging period of more than 15 months and using all kinds of materials, starting the first phase with woods, then followed by cement vats, clay pots and even some stainless steel in the end. Lately we are very excited reintroducing unique autochthonous varieties such as the “trepat blanc” or the “cartoixà”. 2020 is a year of contrasts. A year with a very abundant rainfall at the beginning of the cycle, a gift for our country. It was also a year of learning with the appearance of less common diseases in our lands. We lost some blossom, but we worked hard until well into June. At the end of that month, there was a radical change in the weather, a dry and hot summer, but unlike other years, the plants did not suffer any stress and we were able to arrive at harvest time with grapes that easily reached good maturity . With all this we have achieved a pleasant, balanced wine. I hope you enjoy it.
(* Fermentations with skins)

Vineyard for 2020 Clos Mogador Nelin Blanco

The Clos Mogador vineyard is located at an altitude of about 800 meters in the form of an amphitheater with stone terraces. Biodiversity is the magic word here: in addition to grape plants, you will find fruit trees, olive trees and local native shrubs here. The grape plants, some of which are eighty to one hundred years old, grow on a slate base. Slate is a poor and hard soil that has the main property of generating a high acidity in the grapes. The location of the vineyard on slopes in a northeasterly direction to the sea ensures that the nights are very chilly. Because the temperature in the summer in that place is usually thirty degrees Celsius during the day, this means that there are large temperature differences. This ensures that dyes and tannins accumulate in large quantities in the grape skins and that is a sign of quality. The grapes are grown biodynamically, so with attention and respect for the plant and natural conditions, and all land work is carried out by hand

Chronological summary

1986 : Purchase of an old farm building in Gratallops to build the winery
1987 : Legal founding of the SAT Company (Company which transforms agricultural products)
1989 : First vintage
1991 : First release of wines from first vintage
1992 : First international article in the ”Gault et Millau” magazine, written by Pierre Chrisol (Special edition of the magazine focusing on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics)
1993 : First export: 80% of production sent to Switzerland
1993 : First scores awarded to a Priorat wine by Robert Parker: CLOS MOGADOR 92/100
1998 : Winery extension: addition of a barrel room and office space
1999 : René Barbier is awarded a medal for Agricultural Merit by the president of the Catalan Autonomous government, Jordi Pujol
2000 : First vintage of our white wine: NELIN
2000 : Our first vintage of MANYETES
2001 : Clos Mogador is awarded 98/100 by Robert Parker and fourth place on the list of the 2003 Top 100 List by Wine Spectator magazine
2004 : First vintage of our DO Montsant wine: ESPECTACLE
2004 : Our wine, ESPECTACLE is awarded 99/100 by Robert Parker
2005 : Construction of our logistics warehouse: Logistic-fins in Falset
2007 : Clos Mogador extra virgin olive oil is first made and released for sale
2009 : Vintage coincides with a celebration of 30 years of vineyards and 20 years of winemaking at Clos Mogador
2010 : Creation of Brisfere distillery and the release of La Quinta Essencia dels Llops, a spirit made from distilling Clos Mogador wine and also Clos Mogador read
2011 : 20 years of listings by Robert Parker
2012 : From this date onwards, we became certified organic farmers as well as assimilating biodiverse and biodynamic farming methods

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Appellation Priorat (Appellation)
Winery Clos Mogador
Grape Garnacha, Macabeo
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Floral, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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