Terroir al Límit Priorat Les Manyes 2018


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The Wine

Vi d’altura (the equivalent of Grand Cru wine). High in the Montsant ranges, the Manyesvineyard is located at the remarkable altitude of 800 metres (the highest in Priorat). This cool, north-facing vineyard is only 1.4 hectares, and the vines are now about 54 years old. While Les Tosses is planted to Cariñena on pure llicorella slate, Les Manyes is predominantly clay with elements of quartz and limestone and is planted almost exclusively to Garnatxa. It’s a site that produces a Priorat Grenache like no other—if we had to put forward a single bottling that symbolises the unique wines of Dominik Huber, then this would be it. It is the antithesis of Priorat’s blockbuster image with the intensity, finesse and transparency of a great Grand Cru Burgundy.

Huber ferments this cuvée with 100% whole bunches and indigenous yeasts, and since 2016, the wine has seen no contact with wood. Again, it is expensive, but again, we’re talking about one of Spain’s greatest reds, with a tariff that still remains about one-third of its closest Priorat competitor.

The Review

"I think the 2018 Les Manyes is more in line with the 2016 than the 2017 is, more elegant, precise, fresh and subtle. This is very young and undeveloped, very primary, a bit shy, and it takes time to take off in the glass to reveal notes of violets and strawberry leaf, elegant and nuanced. The palate is very balanced and elegant—it's a very pretty wine. This is very young and needs air and time in the glass if you open a bottle any time soon. My guess is that this is gong to develop very slowly in bottle, developing complexity and nuance with time. It's a superb vintage for Les Manyes." 99 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate