2011 Clos d’Oc, El Lloar

The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, as this is the soil that covers the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory), that lie about 85 miles southwest of Barcelona.

Priorat has quickly established itself as the premier wine region in Spain, producing wines of great intensity and concentration but yet remaining elegant and balanced. The most highly regarded sites comes from the villages of Bellmunt del Priorat, El Molar, El Lloar, Gratallops and Porrera.

Montsant has found a most comfortable niche, being described as a softer, more approachable version of Priorat, and a great value. The most highly touted sites in the appellation are found in the villages of Falset and Capcanes.

We do not belong to either the Priorat or the Montsant appellation system as we found the current process to join either one cumbersome, bureaucratic and not necessarily conducive to producing fine wine. A number of other high profile producers are now following in our footsteps in this regard. Thus we are neither Montsant or Priorat and instead are simply Clos Pissarra. Each of the vineyard bottlings does name the town where that vineyard lies and the grape varieties that make up the wine.

Clos d’Oc, (Cabernet Sauvignon & Grenache), El Lloar

The Vineyard

This is a vineyard owned by Michelle and Laurent Manrique along with Emmanuel Kemiji. It is a ½ acre vineyard made up of what is very rare for Priorat, a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated planting. The resulting wine is about 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Grenache.

The 2011

An unusually small harvest gave us barely 2 barrels of this superb wine.

41 cases produced