2021 Merum Priorati Desti
As the name suggests, MERUM Priorati comes from the famous but inhospitable Priorat. The winery is one of the innovations in this fairly conventional traditional region. Merum belongs to the Pere Ventura family , which is best known for their beautiful Cavas. Merum Priorati's logo consists of two ancient symbols for the earth and the sky. And those are exactly the most important factors you have to deal with as a winemaker when making wine in the rugged Priorat. The soil here consists, to begin with, of schist and slate. Feel free to compare it with other top areas such as the Mosel or the Douro valley. And the landscape is hilly. The solution to this is terraced vineyards with very low yields and a lot of manual work
You can see the contour lines on the label of the Merum Desti. A hint to the rugged terraced landscape where the grapes are planted. Everything in this inhospitable area has to be done by hand. The Mesti is a blend of grenache, carignan, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. It matures for 12 to 14 months in French oak barriques. It is then bottled without fining or filtering. Do you like Chateauneuf-du-Pape? Then you will also love this. He is concentrated, warm, firm and tough. With licorice notes of salmiak and black and white powder. The Merum Destí has an intense cherry red color and is exuberant in the nose with lots of delicate red fruit such as raspberry, blueberries and a touch of cassis in addition to subtle spicy notes from the wood aging.
No. 5 as the best wine in the world in the Top 100 of Wine Spectator 2021
Some wine regions simply have something extra: Mosel, Côte-Rôtie, Douro. Priorat in Catalonia (Spain) has that too. The similarity between these areas? In all these areas there is extreme viticulture on slopes of weathered slate and schist. It produces beautiful pictures, but making wine in Priorat is not a walk in the park. The landscape demands respect from everyone who works there.
At Merum Priorati, the youngest wine company within the Pere Ventura Family Wine Estates, they are only too happy to have that respect. Because they know that the barren Mediterranean mountain country produces exceptional wines, from (old) Grenache Noir and Carignan, supplemented with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Powerful wines, with a lot of alcohol, yet elegant and balanced by good acids and ripe tannins.
The absolute confirmation has come in the 2021 annual overview of Wine Spectator, which contains an overview of the 100 best wines in the world. Here the Desti van Merum achieved no less than 5th place in the World's best wine list.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Garnacha, Syrah-Shiraz|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Round, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|