Venus La Universal

Husband and wife team Sara Pérez and René Barbier (Fils) are the children of two of the great pioneers of the Priorat D.O., Josep Lluis Pérez of Mas Martinet and René Barbier of Clos Mogador. Sara and René are both very well respected vignerons in their own right, so it seemed natural that they should start a project together. For this project, they decided to stake their claim not in Priorat, but in the slightly sleepier D.O. of Monsant.

René and Sara have taken the goddess as their inspiration for this project. One of their stated goals is "to interpret femininity through a bottle of wine". This might seem an odd choice for a bodega that elaborates Grenache- and Carignan-based wines in Southern Cataluña, but it makes sense once you taste. These are incredibly elegant, refined, sensual expressions of Montsant, with restrained alcohol levels and tremendous texture.

The grapes for the wines come from an approximate total of four hectares of vineyards which are owned by four different grape-growing families in Falset as well as another small plot owned by Venus. One could call Venus a négociant project, but it is more accurate to say that it is a partnership between these four families and René and Sara. Venus is these small growers' only client, so their vineyards are farmed in accordance with the rigorous ecological standards set by the couple. The grapes for Dido come from the Falset area, from vineyards with soils based on decomposed granite called sauló. These soils are poor in organic matter and they contribute to producing grapes with great ripeness and fruit flavors. The grapes for Venus come from clay-calcareous soils between Marçà and Guiamets. These soils encourage a slow, elegant and complex ripeness.

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Venus La Universal 'Dido' 2016
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The red 2016 Dido has the ripeness and depth of the 2015 but with extra freshness that makes it go an extra mile in length. It has the complex mix of grapes, mostly Garnacha with Syrah and perhaps 10% of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the different soils, as it comes from
Item Number: 29319
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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Venus La Universal 'Dido' Grenache Blanc 2016
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Sara Pérez considers 2016 a special vintage that she likes for whites and rosés—wines with tension and a lower pH, as seen in the 2016 Dido Blanc. Part of the wine was macerated with skins for quite a long time, which provides for subtle tannins that are nicely integrated with the
Item Number: 28883
Bottle:$18.95
Case: $227.40
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Venus La Universal 'Dido' 2015
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"80% Garnacha and 10% Syrah with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon rounding out the blend. It is fermented with native yeasts and raised for fourteen months in a combination of cement tanks (70%) and 2nd, 3rd and 4th use French oak (30%). This vintage of Dido is particularly noteworthy

Venus La Universal 'Dido' 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The red 2014 Dido had an incredibly perfumed and showy nose from a cold vintage in a cold granitic place. The palate is vibrant and shows citric acidity. The Garnacha is always fermented together with Syrah, and there are small volumes of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; it aged for

Venus La Universal 'Dido' Red 2011 3.0L
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The bright ruby-colored red 2013 Dido is a blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon gown by four different grape growers on granite soils in the village of Falset where the winery is located. This is one of the few zones where the soil exists in the Montsant

Venus La Universal 'Dido' 2013
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93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The bright ruby-colored red 2013 Dido is a blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon gown by four different grape growers on granite soils in the village of Falset where the winery is located. This is one of the few zones where the soil exists in the Montsant

Venus La Universal 'Dido' Red 2012
Wine Information:  -A blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot  -Dido was the founder and first queen of Carthage, according to the poet Virgil.  -Aged in a combination of concrete tanks and French oak   Winery Information: Husband and wife team Sara Pérez and René Barbier (Fils)

Venus La Universal 'Dido' Red 2011 5.0L
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The red 2011 Dido is produced with organic farmed grapes grown on granitic soils and blends Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aim here is to keep the freshness. Forty percent of the wine is aged in concrete vats, while the rest is matured in clay amphorae and

Venus La Universal 'Dido' Red 2011 3.0L
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The red 2011 Dido is produced with organic farmed grapes grown on granitic soils and blends Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aim here is to keep the freshness. Forty percent of the wine is aged in concrete vats, while the rest is matured in clay amphorae and

Venus La Universal 'Dido' Red 2011
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The red 2011 Dido is produced with organic farmed grapes grown on granitic soils and blends Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aim here is to keep the freshness. Forty percent of the wine is aged in concrete vats, while the rest is matured in clay amphorae and