Joan Simó, Les Eres, Vinyes Velles 2010
Decanter average score: 18.75/20pts
Individual judges’ scores: Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW 18.5 Sarah Jane Evans MW 19 Pierre Mansour 19
Owner Gerard Batllevel Simó’s family sold its grapes to the local co-op. In 1999 he decided it was time to restore the basement of the family home in the centre of Porrera and turn it into a winery. Working with family and friends, the first Les Eres was made that year, in five barrels bought from Priorat’s founding father René Barbier. It was an instant success. The wine is a blend of 90+ year-old Cariñena with Garnacha from Bellmunt, and some of the first Cabernet Sauvignon planted in Priorat (in El Molar in 1978).
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW Quite oaky, with notes of savia. Dense, rich, expressive, very original and long on the palate.
Sarah Jane Evans MW Lovely garrigue nose, with some florality too. This is a silky, supple wine with a lively freshness. At its right time now, with very fine purity of fruit. Very well integrated, very well handled.
Pierre Mansour Perfumed, highly scented nose, and wonderful herby Mediterranean flavours. This has complexity, it’s round and rich, yet elegant, complete, long and superb. Outstanding!
Price: UK £34 Swig, US $59.98 Hi-Time Wine Cellars (2007) *
* Stockists from Wine-Searcher.com