Wine of The Month: Clos Mont Blanc Tempranillo

Photo: Wikipedia-Poblet Monastery

Clos MontBlanc is located in Barbera de la Conca, near the town of MontBlanc and the monastery of Poblet. Winemaking goes back here in the time when the Cistercian monks arrived.

Conca de Barbera was awarded appellation status in 1985. However, like i said before, the area had a long tradition of wine culture. This D.O specializes in the production of white, pink and sparkling wines. Reds are also produced from grapes such as El Trapat, Ull de Llebre and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ull de Lebre is the name given to the Tempranillo grape in the Catalan language. Tempranillo is derived from the Spanish word Temprano which means early is named as such because it ripens typically two or three earlier than other varieties such as Garnacha or Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Clos Mont Blanc is a family operation dating back to 1988. It is an initiative of the Carbonell Figueras family.  Construction entrepeneur Lluís Carbonell bought the winery in the late eighties. Actually, Clos Mont-Blanc was part of a collection of a local cooperative.  Carbonell directed the winery to produce quality wines with the latest technology. They have 40 ha of their own and they also collaborate with other farmers

I tasted their entry level tempranillo 2012 at the Festival Vins Terrebone. This is mostly tempranillo 85% with the rest composed of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged 2-3 months in new barrels. The small passage of wood give the wine a modern yet no excessive appearance. It has the same profile as other wines that i have tasted from the appellation while living in Spain. This tempranillo It is a good introduction for those wine lovers that want to learn more about the wines of the region. However, the SAQ in Quebec, carry very little wines from this parts. You will have to resort to the private market if somebody wants to acquire any.

Clos Mont Blanc is represented in Quebec by Vins etc. It comes in cases of 12 bottles at a very modest price of $19.85. I highly recommend  it for the fall season with  hearty meat based stews.

Clos Mont Blanc Castel Tempranillo 2012. 

On the nose,Jammy black fruit with dry mushrooms with notes of chinese ink and gunpowder. Full body, silky palate with a medium acidity. Lovely texture with an agreeable viscosity. Flavors are consistent with the nose with a finale that reminds me of middle eastern spices. Long finale. 90\100

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