Bodega Benjamin de Rothschild and Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico, Rioja DOC

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Bodega Benjamin de Rothschild and Vega Sicilia (BR&VS) united in a joint venture in Rioja in 2004 with the first wine released in 2009. Macan Clasico is the “second wine” after the flagship wine, simply named “Macan”.

Vega Sicilia can trace its origins back to 1864 when was established by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who planted various grapes varieties from the Bordeaux wine region of France, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The estate has been owned since 1982 by the Álvarez family. 1982 was the year that Ribera del Duero was granted Denominación de Origen (DO) status and it is the Alvarez family who have turned Vega Sicilia into one of the world’s iconic wines. Baron Benjamin de Rothschild founded the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1973. The Baron is the great-grandson of James de Rothschild who had purchased Chateau Lafite in 1868. Baron Edmond de Rothschild owns, or co-owns, many wine projects around the world includeing Chateau des Laurets (Pesseguin St Emilion), Flechas de Los Andes (Argentina), Rimapere (New Zealand) and Rupert and Rothschild (South Africa). There was an agreement to approach this project in a different manner. They wouldn’t follow the age old maturation scale of Reserva and Gran Reserva, and they opted for the use of Burgundian oak rather than American.

It took BR&VS seven years and seventy acquisitions of carefully selected vineyards and plots to establish the 92 hectare vineyard in Rioja Alta, Spain’s premier wine region. All of them are located in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria, which lies to the north of the river Ebro, spread among the San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Labastida, Ábalos and Elvillar municipalities. They are small-sized plots in highland terraces, on poor and clay-calcareous soils. Tempranillo grapes are the predominant variety, and the only one used for the Macán and Macán Clásico production. The climate is mild, typically Atlantic and both Mediterranean and Continental influences.

Bodega Benjamin de Rothschild and Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico is produced from 100% Tempranillo, aged for 12 months in barrel and then a further 18 months in bottle prior to release.

Macán Clásico 2018 is the purest expression of Rioja Tempranillo, having a fresher, subtler, and more elegant profile.


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