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VIDEO 102. LAUREL 2011 CLOS ERASMUS
February 12. 2015
Daphne Glorian was one of the founding members of the Priory. Together with Álvaro Palacios (L’Ermita, Finca Dofí), René Barbier (Clos Mogador), José Luis Perez (Clos Martinet) and Carlos Pastrana (Clos de ‘Obac). Daphne began in the late eighties with the reclamation of the Priorat. Her Clos Erasmus quickly gained cult status and was almost unavailable for years, so great was the demand. How big was the contribution of her husband Eric Solomon in the huge success can only be guessed. Eric Solomon is the leading US wine importer for Spanish wine and responsible for sampling the tastings of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Laurel, the little brother of Clos Erasmus, is made exclusively from grapes from the municipality of Gratallops, but, unlike the Clos Erasmus, it ripens predominantly in the fodder. The cuvée for the lusciously-fresh Laurel, which is meticulously as is the case with Erasmus, consists of 70% Garnacha as well as Syrah and Cabernet.
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Wine region: Priorat
Classification: D.O.Q. Priorato
Variety: Garnacha, Cabernet sauvignon
This tiny “Clos Erasmus” a.k.a. Laurel is purple hued-colored. From the beginning it bursts out delicious aromas of wild herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano. Fresh and dense to the core fruit with an incredible concentration. Exhibits ripe blackberries, sanguine, and figs. Discreet hints of caramel and licorice. Outstanding. Very focused on the palate with jammy impressions. Rather elegant and strong-bodied. Tight tannins with a harmonious acidity and a mineralic and spicy finish. Drink now or through 2025.
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