Venus La Universal 2013 “Dido” Montsant

Posted by Keith Wallace

Venus La Universal 2013 “Dido” Montsant
Venus La Universal 2013 “Dido” Montsant

Wine Review

A glorious bottle of wine with more pedigree than Prince George of Cambridge.

This wine shows little if any oak, which only amplifies its elegance and class. Dried lavender on the nose, with blue fruits and a wisp of the forest floor. Notes of smoke and mineral intermix with orange blossoms and tart cherries. Medium-bodied with a sexy lushness that is backed up with structured tannins and an open, appealing freshness.  The finish turns toward darker fruit, rich savor, and black pepper.


Montsant is the wine region that encircles Priorat in the mountains. For the most part, the soils up there are much richer than the slate of Priorat. However, there is one region of Montsant near the main village of Falset, very close to the Priorat town of Porrera.


This little patch of ground is unique. It’s based on granite soil, and the vineyards comprise old vine Grenache, with some Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. So that makes it more in line with Priorat than Montsant.


This is a project between Sara Pérez of Mas Martinet and René Barbier Jr. of Clos Mogador. They both followed in the footsteps of their famous fathers:  Jose Luís Pérez Ovejero founded Mas Martinet, just as René Barbier founded Clos Mogador.

This is a star-crossed project and a wildly romantic one: Sara and Rene are married and live on the estate with their two young children.  If one thinks of wine as a labor of love, there is no better example than Venus La Universal.

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