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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production88,500 bottles

The wine

Dido is a pleasant and comforting Montsant wine which manages to contain the essence of the vineyards and offer a great expression of its fruit. Both fresh and tantalizing, its character is easily recognizable with every vintage produced. Aromas of mountain herbs combine with a suggestive hint of mandarin orange peel in the nose, giving Dido its distinctive aromatic profile. In the mouth it displays an abundance of perfectly-integrated tannins. Freshness provides the backbone to the wine, while earthy hints of its vineyards bring out its soul. Undoubtedly a great best-seller, Dido satisfies and seduces wine-lovers without opting for the complacency of a conventional wine.

In the words of Sara Pérez and her partner René Barbier Jr, Dido is a homage to youth, persistence, love and Grenache — an expression of the fruit the granite soils of Falset gift us with. The tension and purity of these special soils are maintained by partly ageing the wine in concrete tanks to provide the balance to the warm climate of the region. Sandy granite soils warm up in the day and cool at night which means grapes ripen more slowly and obtain stronger aromas and textures. Perhaps this special landscape and climate is the reason behind the unique and seductive mandarin orange aromas we have mentioned above.

Paying the utmost respect to the magic of the terroir, in the winery they use a proportion of whole grapes and local yeasts and a short maceration period of just a few days. To maintain this profile, the ageing process is divided among large wooden vats and concrete tanks, an excellent material to highlight the primary character of a great wine like this. Dido represents purity and flowers, juiciness and balance, herbs and spices — to sum up, a pure Montsant wine.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Cherry red
Bouquet
Red fruit / Mandarin peel / Mountain herbs / Floral notes
Mouth
Seductive / Juicy / Fresh / Fine tannins

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

quesos-curados
Cured cheeses
embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
verduras-y-hortalizas
Vegetables
aves-y-carnes-blancas
Poultry and white meats
pescados
Fish

Duck a l'orange, Grilled swordfish, Iberian pork secreto

Ratings and awards

201993 PN
201893+ PK92 PN
201793+ PK
201693 PK91 PN
201592 PK92 PN
201492 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The red 2018 Dido coms from their youngest vineyards, mostly under 30 years old, on granite soils that provide freshness and tension to compensate for the warmth of the southern Montsant. It's a blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Cariñena, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from five different growers. The Garnacha and Syrah are fermented together with some 30% whole clusters and a long maceration, and the rest of the grapes fermented destemmed with a short maceration, all with indigenous yeasts and mostly in concrete vats. Sixty percent of the volume matured in barrels and foudres of sizes varying from 300 to 4,000 liters, and the rest was kept in concrete for 16 months. It seems like the combination of granite soils and the cooler year has worked wonders for this wine, which showed spectacularly. They say this is what they wanted to achieve with this wine; it is floral, expressive, clean and focused, with perfectly integrated oak, all the varieties complementing each other—not showing any varietal character—and a juicy palate with astonishing balance. This is truly outstanding. This comes at an unbelievable price and should be widely available. 88,357 bottles, 520 magnums and 35 double magnums produced. It was bottled between December 2019 and January 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/12/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 93+ PARKER

Customer reviews

4.3/5
25 reviews
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Wine making

Vinification materialConcrete / Earthenware
Ageing period16 months
Type of woodOak

Vineyards

SoilGranit
ClimateMediterranean

The winery

Venus "La Universal"

Venus "La Universal"

La Universal is the small 4-hectare estate located in the Falset district where two weighty names in the wine world have come together: René Barbier (he is the 4th generation, with more than 20 years of experience in the family-run winery of Clos Mogador) and his wife, the assiduous oenologist Sara Pérez, daughter of Josep Lluís Pérez (Mas Martinet Viticultors). Under the Montsant D.O, the couple have put...

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