Almost all of the cellars in the Priorat are new creations. Behind many of them are venerable families who can trace their history in the region back centuries. Few, however, can claim an ancestor who was an early proponent of the region and its wines. Juan Extrems Doix made wines in Poboleda in the 19th century which won awards in Paris and Barcelona and he was the inspiration for his descendants who revived this tradition in 1998 – Mas Doix.
“Mas Doix is the project of two related families, the Doix and Llagosteras who farm 19 hectares of vines near the village of Poboleda. They cultivate six vineyards, three of them driving the names of the cuvées at the estate: Crestes, Salanques and Doix. Crestes is the youngest site and is a three-hectare vineyard planted mostly to Garnatxa, which makes up the bulk of the Crestes cuvée. There’s roughly 10% each of Syrah and Cariñena that make it into this cuvée and it’s brought up all in neutral oak. The Salanques vineyard is a steep, three-hectare site located near the village of Poboleda. It consists of 70- to 90-year-old Garnatxa and Carinyena planted at an elevation between 350 and 450 meters above sea level. A small amount of Syrah is also blended into the Salanques cuvée and it sees 12 months in French oak. The Doix Vineyard is the oldest vineyard of the estate and is a steep, natural amphitheater ranging from 350 meters above sea level to 500 meters above sea level. The fractured llicorella soils that dominate the region and the old vines here go back to 1902. The Doix Costers del Vinyes Velles cuvée is roughly equal parts Carinyena and Garnacha and is aged all in new French oak. In addition to the single vineyard cuvées, they also release a 1902 cuvée made from the oldest vines of Carinyena planted in the Doix vineyard. Fermented in tank with a long maceration followed by aging in new French oak barrels, this spectacular wine is one of the top examples of Carinyena in the world. Unfortunately, it’s made in tiny quantities and is almost impossible to find in the marketplace.”
– Jeb Dunnuck on Mas Doix, February 2018