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2020 Rothschild Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico Rioja

2020 Rothschild Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico Rioja


Concentrated and powerful. Black cherry and dark berry fruit on the nose, plenty of sweet spice and liquorice too. The palate has superb intensity with notes of cassis, blackberry and spice. It’s full bodied with firm tannins. There is plenty of freshness, and excellent minerality. It finishes long, uplifting and with a real moreish inkiness. It’s a superb effort, a wine which has come on leaps and bounds, partly due to the new winery upgrades introduced from the 2016 vintage, and further improvements in the vineyard. This will age very well. Drink 2026-2036+.

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    Ribera del Duero
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Macán Clásico is an exemplary wine from the Sonsierra region of La Rioja, steeped in centuries of tradition, knowledge and winemaking culture from the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria. It reveals the terroir’s freshness, fruitiness, liveliness, and delicateness, which provides depth and complexity. A lot of hard work went into selecting, acquiring, and nurturing 100 hectares of vineyard for this wine since 2004, along with the commendable efforts in the winery since 2009 (when the first vintage was released). Furthermore, Tempos Vega Sicilia and Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild have jointly owned modern facilities in the Rioja DOCa region since 2016, where innovation, technology, and wine science converge. Macán Clásico is made from one variety: 100 % Tempranillo. The grapes come from plots with alkaline sandyclay soils. We had to wait until October to harvest this more Atlantic influenced vintage. It has a more elegant profile and is more fluid so we could push the extraction a bit further. We increased the impact of the new oak barrel by 10 % during ageing, looking to give the wine more depth and structure. TEMPOS Vega Sicilia was set up in 1982 by the Álvarez family, its current owner, when it purchased the legendary winery of the Ribera del Duero. The other companies would be added down through the years. The Álvarez family's business project is based on two fundamental cornerstones: consistency of the quality of the product as a guarantee for the different vintages, and dedication to the client as a benchmark in its routine activity.

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