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René Barbier of Clos Mogador has always wanted to make a white wine that captures the beauty and mystery and magic of the Priorat. Inspired by his native Rhone Valley, he planted small plots of Viognier and Garnacha Blanca in his highest vineyards, notably on the famous Ermita hill, close to Gratallops. Then, he decided to vinify his Pinot Noir as a white wine, like in Champagne, and add this to the blend. The first vintage was 2000 with only 600 bottles produced. Production has since risen to around 6 000 bottles, with the incorporation of more white Grenache, plus Roussanne and Marsanne, Macabeo, and most recently two 'forgotten' historic varieites of the region : Pedro Ximenez and Escanya Vella ("old strangler" in local dialect !). The result is rich and complex, with much more textural interest than most white wines, subtle rather than dominant oak-influences, and great natural freshness from the schist soils.

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