2018 Sara i Rene Dido Macabeu-Garnatxa Blanca

Montsant, Spain

Such amazing and lively white wines are exploding out Spain - and this tangy blend is proof of that.




About The Wine

A seductively good wine. A textural feast which inherently comes from both the regional expression of the grapes used, as well as the amphora ageing aspect of this wine.

The Dido La Universal Blanco was born from intuition, according to Sara and Rene this is the way to make good wine as grapes truly belong to their terroir. Grown elsewhere it could never be the same.

Straw yellow in the glass the wine is voluptuous and smells like autumn, ripe fruit, raisins and that light oxidative nuttiness which makes it so moreish. Fresh and pure, and a true representation of people, place and time.

About Sara I Rene

Next generation winemakers with deep historical roots, that’s just the beginning when talking about the wines of Sara I Rene...

This a project formed by two famous Priorat names- René Barbier of Clos Mogador (son of the founder) and his wife Sarah Perez of Mas Martinet. Breathing new life into the region, they are ecological conservationists at the core, making wines that are clean and unadulterated, soulfully made with minimal intervention.

Making wines in both Priorat, and Montsant, under their own label, while also having another small project with friends, at the same time as they’re raising their small brood of children, phew... So much going on, yet with an unwavering commitment to their idealism, the future looks so bright.

Rene Barbier and Sara Perez
Rene Barbier and Sara Perez
Montsant, Spain
Additional Info

From The Producer

15% of the grapes are macerated with skins in open vats for 3/5 days to obtain the native yeasts, then another 20% are macerated with skins for 24 hours and the rest goes straight to the press. 30% is matured in a 3000l Amphora (clay) and the 70% in different oak barrels from 300l to 4000l for 12 months.

Blend : Macebeu (50%) Garnatxa Blanca (40%) Xarel.Lo (10%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sara Perez
Sara Perez
Montsant, Spain
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Winemakers Sara Perez, part of the rebirth of Priorat, and husband Rene Barbier, are the duo behind this project. This wine is a blend of macabeu, garnatxa blanca, and a s bit of cartoixa/garnacha gris. Part is raised in large format wood, part in locally made amphorae. Not named for the English singer-songwriter, one would suspect, though, maybe, that track with Eminem was pretty catchy. Golden colour in the glass. Scents of wild honey, lillies, warm terracotta and nectarine. Flavours feel similar, a dry, earthiness lends savoury character, stone fruit again, generally moreish and inviting to sip on. Has this kind of squeakiness to texture which I quite like too. Good length, nice medium weight feel, but fresh and frisky. Great drinking right here. "- Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

The Wine Advocate

"I tasted two vintages of their entry-level white, the oldest of which was the 2018 Dido Blanc, a blend of Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Cartoixà (the local name of Xarello) from two vineyards in the villages of Marçà and Falset, 70- and 25-year-old vines, respectively, from limestone and limestone and clay soils. It has a moderate 13% alcohol and a Mediterranean profile, combining volume with elegance. It has soma balsamic aromas, and the sensation of the skin contact feels stronger." - Luis Gutiérrez (The Wine Advocate)


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