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Pla Mas DEn Compte Blanco

The New Wave Spanish Wine Awards highlighted many a bottle that I wanted to sample. So far however just one has come under my scrutiny – the Mas D’en Compete Blanco and that was a previous vintage to the 2006 harvested winning wine. Who could not be seduced by a tasting note that reads

“Full, rich concentrated and creamy with a succulent tropical nose. Harmonious, powerful, fresh, complex palate overlaid with well-tailored oak and a racy elegance on the finish”?

The 2006 is now listed by Jeroboams, for it was this vintage that one the Best White over £10 award and the accolade of best wine of show. And damn delicious it is too.
They were a bit vague on the grape components that were squeezed into this wine – a little Grenache Blanca perhaps? Bourboulenc? Picpoul? A little Viognier or Muscatel? You could be talking southern France rather than Spain!*

What I do know though is that this is a delicious wine that will be gracing my table this Christmas – the fresh tang on the finish makes this a superb food wine.


White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Mas D’En Compte Blanco, 2005, Priorat, Spain.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £19.95 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
A stunning aroma – aromatic, flora hints, a ‘coolness’. The palate, perfectly balanced, offers texture and layers of flavour in abundance. Lemon, white blossom, spice and hints of apricot, orange and vanilla. The acidty adds a little raciness on the finish. Alcohol 13.5%.

Scribblings Rating – 96/100 [4.5 out of 5]


* The Jeroboams website gives specific details that the shop staff did not – Garnacha Blanca 50%, Picapoll Blanco 20%, Pansa (/Xarel-lo) 15% Macabeo 15%.

3 Comments »

  1. Ricard says:

    Ah! One of my all-time favourite wines!! I have been collecting this wine practically since the first vintage, around 1998. Thanks for writing about this wine, Andy!
    Photo of the 2004:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricard67/2120563986/
    And a couple of tasting notes:
    2003
    Mas d’en Compte Blanc is arguably one of the best whites in Spain and deserves wider recognition, even though Robert Parker has already discovered it. You thought Priorat was all about world-class *red* wines. Think again. It’s got an absurdly dark, brooding, bronzed golden colour, and a nose of ridiculous complexity, mostly honey, molasses, toasted almonds and cream. The taste is really something special (some writers have called this wine “difficult”, which is interesting – for me it’s instant, irresistible seduction). It’s almost like a white port: marmalade, orange and honey combine beautifully with oak, vanilla and apricots to produce a sensual, decadent, lingering finish. It makes the eyes water with emotion and gratitude. The acidity is just right to guard against excessive sweetness or stickiness. I don’t think it’s the best vintage – 2003 was a record hot summer with very varied results all over the Iberian peninsula – I think 2001 is the best Mas d’en Compte I’ve ever tasted, but if you can get your hands on *any* vintage, you should be happy to pay up to £40. This is what wine is all about: unfettered pleasure. Life is too short. 94 points.
    2001
    he last 2001 in my collection, tasted on 14 September 2008. I probably won’t ever have another one. Ultimately a little disappointing – this great wine is past its peak. The colour is sensational – easily the most alluring I’ve ever seen in a Mas d’en Compte – an incredibly deep, dark copper colour that’s perfectly clean and bright. Nose is classic Mas d’en Compte: apricots, honey, almonds, vanilla, but it lacks acidity on the palate and the finish is a bit flabby and lacks assertiveness. It’s short, but you can just get that wonderful oily, voluptuous and sensual mouthfeel that this wine characteristically offers, with minor sensations of peaches and cream. Good, but sadly past its peak. It was kept in a fairly favourable environment, so we can safely infer that the life of Mas d’en Compte (2001 being a very good vintage) is not more than about five or six years. It’s possible that in a “perfect” cellar environment it might last a decade. The lack of acidity is the problem. Still, a memorable wine! 92 points?

  2. Dylan says:

    Wow, Ricard thanks for the additional detailed tasting notes. I can definitely sense your passion for this particular wine.

  3. wine club says:

    my favorite wine of all time nice crisp texture

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