Wine Advocate 98
"The floral, aromatic and citrusy 2016 Espectacle del Montsant has unusual finesse and freshness. It's a powerful Garnacha that feels light on its feet but with great inner strength, refined tannins and great acidity. There is no oak, extraction or excess ripeness whatsoever, but the label says the wine is 16 alcohol! It has structure, freshness and that citrus touch that supports the alcohol, and the wine comes through as really balanced. This is a unique wine, always with the aromatic signature of this north-facing vineyard and the limestone soils that provide those chalky tannins and a dry, tasty, almost salty finish. 6,500 bottles produced."
ITS RED COLOUR, SOMEWHAT MORE INTENSE THAN IN PREVIOUS VINTAGES, STILL PRESENTS THE BLUISH HUES OF ITS CURRENT YOUTH
INITIALLY IT SURROUNDS US WITH NOTES OF BLACKBERRIES AND VERY RIPE PLUMS ALL SURROUNDED BY A BACKGROUND OF FIG BREAD. A SPICY ENVIRONMENT APPEARS LATER TO SHOW THE FLORAL REMINISCENCES OF ROSES AND ORANGE BLOSSOM SO CHARACTERISTIC OF THIS UNIQUE WINE.
THE PALATE IS MORE INTENSE THAN IN PREVIOUS VINTAGES. ITS TANNIN CARESSES THE PALATE AND COVERS IT WITH FRUITINESS. ITS AROMATIC RICHNESS APPEARS IMMEDIATELY AND INCREASES AFTER ITS PASSAGE THROUGH THE MOUTH LEAVING US A VERY LONG MEMORY
The project is jointly owned by Rn and Isabelle Barbier, Fernando and Marta Zamora (Oenologists and teachers at University of Taragona), and Charlotte and Christopher Cannan. Espectacle is a tiny production of old vines Garnacha made by Rene Barbier, Sr. The 100 year old Garnacha vines come from a dramatic and steep vineyard. Rene refers to this vineyard as the
LErmita of Monsant.
In its short history, from the presentation of its first vintage in 2004, Espectacle has achieved great acceptance among sommeliers , journalists, and professionals in the world of wine, and is currently present in the major restaurants and specialist shops around the world.
Moreover, Espectacle has received some of the most important acknowledgements in the world of wine, such as the 99 points in The Wine Advocate magazine from the prestigious critic Robert Parker for the 2004 vintage or the Sibaritas award of 2008 when Jos Pein described the 2005 vintage as A wine to go down in history.
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The project is jointly owned by Réné and Isabelle Barbier, Fernando and Marta Zamora
(Oenologists and teachers at University of Taragona), and Charlotte and
Christopher Cannan. Espectacle is a tiny production of old vines
Garnacha made by Rene Barbier, Sr. The 100 year old Garnacha vines come
from a dramatic and steep vineyard. Rene refers to this vineyard as the
"L'Ermita of Monsant."