Located in northeast Spain, the Montsant DO was carved out of the Tarragona appellation only in 2001. It surrounds the more famous Priorat, sharing Priorat’s climate but with a different soil type. Both appellations permit a wide variety of grapes. I’m not aware of any requirements regarding how they’re blended. If you know of them, please leave a comment.
Cellars Baronia’s Flor d’Englora Roure 2009 is a grenache-dominated blend from Montsant. Whether it’s the soil, the climate, or the winemaking approach, what we think of as “French varietals” – grenache, carignan, basically everything but ull de llebre – produce a much different glass of wine here than in Languedoc or the Rhone. For those who wish to know such things, here is the varietal composition of Flor d’Englora Roure. Grenache 63%, carignan 32%, Merlot 2%, syrah 2%, ull de llebre 3% (local name for tempranillo)
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