The incredible sibling or second label of the iconic and legendary Clos I Terrasses Clos Erasmus, produced by one of the five original new founding pioneers of the region Daphne Glorian, and considered a Grand Cru of the Priorat region. Just rated 95 points by Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutierrez. The 2016 Laurel sees the addition of some Cabernet Sauvignon to the primary blend of Garnacha and Syrah. When the primary fermentation for both the Clos Erasmus and Laurel are concluding, decisions are finalized as to what wine will be selected for Laurel. That selection is then racked into a combination of 20hl wooden tanks, second and third fill 228 L French oak barrels and clay amphorae. There the wine rests for 16-18 months before final blending and bottling.
“I tasted the 2016 Laurel next to the current 2017, as I didn’t taste it last time. 2016 was a cooler year than 2017, and I initially felt like the wines from 2016 seemed a little riper than the 2017s, which felt unusually fresh, covered by the baby fat of their youth. But they evolved in the glass, and both vintages showed quite faithful to the character of the year. There is a strong mineral streak in the 2016s, with graphite, diesel, tar and notions of toasted sesame seeds, smoked meats and a mixture of flowers, wild berries and spices, quite aromatic, expressive and open. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and very good freshness in a combination of power and elegance. And the wine became fresher in the glass… 20,000 bottles produced.” – 95 points, Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez – August 2019