Clos Mont-Blanc Conca de Barbera

Last month I was kindly sent a set of three Conca de Barbera wines from new importer, Vesel Wines, to showcase the small DO of Conca de Barbera. These included a NV cava, and two 2016 red blends from local and international varieties.

I have some passing experience with this DO based on my extended time in Catalonia. I lived in Barcelona for around 6 years total, on and off, throughout the last two decades and from there my passion for wine flourished. My first ever vineyard visit was to Penedes, the well known wine region in front of Conca de Barbera DO, on a visit to the Jean Leon vineyards around 15 years ago.

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The lion share of Conca de Barbera’s production is for cava grapes but the area has been earmarked for serious investment more recently with Spanish powerhouse Torres producing two outstanding wines in the DO – Grans Muralles (local and international varieties) and Milmanda (100% Chardonnay).

The video review on Instagram below features their entry level cava.

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In my drinking lifetime more cava has passed my lips than any other wine. Not only are the Brits cuckoo for Cava, drinking it at every party especially in my student days, but I lived in Catalonia for 6 years and every Friday would be spent with a glass of cava on the beach, every Sunday lunchtime too! . The following notes are for the two red blends. Watch the video for the Cava review. . Clos Mont-Blanc Xipella 2016 – Deep Ruby. Moderate intensity on the nose with notes of leather, plum and dark fruits. Medium + body, high alcohol and tannin on the palate with ripe dark fruit following to the palate plus vanilla and high acidity keeps it fresh. Fruity finish and good oak integration. . Clos Mont-Blanc Origen 2016 – Deep Ruby. Offering powerful notes of balsamic, dark fruits and blueberries with a hint of graphite. Full bodied, high alcohol, moderate acidity and tannin, the palate offers more weight and structure than the Xipella and well as more power and backbone. Oak is more present. A beefier wine that’s perfect for a barbeque. . 🤔 Question – In your drinking lifetime – what wine have you drunk more than any other? . #closmontblanc #concadebarbera #spanishwine #catalanwine #cava #winetasting #doconcadebarbera #trapat #winelover #sommelier #sommlife #somm #instawine #winestagram #vineyard #winemaker #cataloniawine #vinodecatalunya

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Clos Mont-Blanc Xipella 2016 – Deep Ruby. Moderate intensity on the nose with notes of leather, plum and dark fruits. Medium + body, high alcohol and tannin on the palate with ripe dark fruit following to the palate plus vanilla and high acidity keeps it fresh. Fruity finish and good oak integration.
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Clos Mont-Blanc Origen 2016 – Deep Ruby. Offering powerful notes of balsamic, dark fruits and blueberries with a hint of graphite. Full bodied, high alcohol, moderate acidity and tannin, the palate offers more weight and structure than the Xipella and well as more power and backbone. Oak is more present. A beefier wine that’s perfect for a barbeque.

All these wines are cur

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