For the first barbecue of the season last weekend I prepared some lamb chops and opened a bottle of La Morera de Montsant 2002, a Priorat D.O. by Cellers Pasanau. This turned out to be an excellent match.

The bottle was offered to me by Joan Gómez Pallarès, the man at the keyboard of De Vinis Cibisque. We had met for a lunch in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress last February.

Priorat wines are intense by nature, think of Châteauneuf du Pape on steroids, another monument to Grenache with a decidedly Bordeaux influence further honed by low latitudes and high altitudes. This 2002 had rested long enough to let the American Oak get integrated into some superb dense juices, with lots of kirsch, leather and tar providing a spicy olfactory balance. A very long finish completed every sip, with lots of tannin and yet very clean and freshly acidic.

Perfect with young Provençal lamb, the acidity cutting well through the fat, and the tanning enveloping the meat. Lamb here has absolutely none of the gamey flavour that so many people associate with lamb (mutton more likely), in fact if anything it was the wine contributed a hint of that flavour.

I wish I had some of the Priorat’s olive oil left, whereas the wines are definitely big, the oils are very delicate, much like Ligurian oil. For years I have been buying D.O. Siurana oils from Molí de la Mola, made from Arbequina olives, it would have accompanied the roast potatoe perfectly… I will be in Catalunya in ten days so I hope to find some then (it also happens to be dirt cheap, despite the superb quality).

Thanks again Joan! I will have to bring you a Châteauneuf next time…

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About Mike Tommasi

~~~EN I live in Provence, around Bandol AOC, on the shores of the Mediterranean. My profession, which has nothing to do with wine or food, allows me to travel a lot, plus I am a volunteer organizer of Slow Food, so I organize food and wine events and I am lucky to have plenty of occasions to sample all the wonderful terroirs of the world. I created this blog as a community outlet for stories and information about wine and food, with a lot of help from my friends. ~~~FR Je vis sur le littoral de Provence, atour de l'AOC Bandol. Ma profession, qui n'a rien àvoir avec le vin ou l'alimentation, m'oblige à voyager loin et souvent ; en plus, en tant que bénévole de l'association Slow Food. Ainsi, j'organise pas mal d'événements oeno-culinaires, et j'ai la fortune d'avoir pas mal d'occasions pour découvrir toutes les bonnes choses issues des terroirs du monde entier. J'ai créé ce blog comme véhicule pour un groupe d'amis collaborateurs qui aiment raconter des histoires sur le vin et le bon manger. ~~~IT Abito in Provenza mediterranea, vicino alla AOC Bandol. La mia professione, che non ha nulla a che vedere con il vino o il mangiare, mi permette di viaggiare spesso e dappertutto, e in più sono un organizzatore dell'associazione Slow Food, quindi organizzo eventi eno-gastronomici e ho molte occasioni per scoprire gli eccellenti prodotti dei numerosi terroir del mondo. Ho creato questo blog come veicolo per una comunità di amici che amano scrivere sul vino e sul buon mangiare.

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