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Macan Clasico Rioja Rothschild Vega Sicilia 2018 750ml

SKU: P60926 ISBN: 097985100917
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Wine Information:

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Sub-Region:

Appellation: La Rioja Alta San Vicente

Variety: Tempranillo

Type: Reds

Size: 750ml

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Luis Gutiérrez writes;  Their second wine in the Bordeaux sense is the 2018 Macán Clásico, which in the cooler and late year (they picked between October 2nd and 14th) fermented in stainless steel and matured in 50% new French oak barrels, 10% American oak barrels and 40% used ones for 12 months. The wine has moderate ripeness and alcohol (14%) in a fresher, subtler and more elegant year with good freshness (a pH of 3.75) and balance. It's young and creamy, a baby that will improve as it burns down that fat. Separating the press wine by quality and aging it separately seems to have increased the precision. It has to be one of the finest vintages for this wine; it is round and nicely textured. It could be an improved version of the 2016.  Drinking 2022 - 2028.  - Robert Parker Wine Advocate 94

James Suckling writes:  Aromas of blackberries and crushed stones with some black licorice and violets, following through to a medium body with a solid core of fruit and such attractive fruit and fine tannins at the finish. Really attractive now.  - James Suckling 94

Sarah Jane Evans MW writes:  A rainy year in Rioja and an abundant harvest. Tempranillo cherry is overlaid with fine cedar and spice, plus firm tannin, with crispness that comes bursting through. Elegant and very long, with a lighter style. With Macán Classico, winemaker Gonzalo Iturriaga is working towards less extraction and in 2017 began to work with gentler pressing. Aged for 12 months in barrique, 50% new (40% French and 10% American), and 50% one year old.  Drinking 2021 - 2026.  -  Decanter 92

Alison Napjus writes:  A balanced red, medium-bodied and lightly juicy, with supple tannins buoying ripe black raspberry and red licorice notes and savory accents of tobacco and tar. Chewy. Drink now through 2025.   - Wine Spectator
 

Vega Sicilia and Benjamin de Rothschild began the Macán project 10 years ago with the steady acquisition of parcels in Rioja, purchased from small farmers. In this way, they quietly built up what is now a sizeable holding of 120 hectares, all within 10 km of the village of San Vicente in the Rioja Alta.  (The name “Macán” is derived from a traditional name for the people of this sub-region of Rioja.) We are in prime Rioja territory here: near the foothills of Sierra Cantabria, at the northerm limit of the region's vineyards. This cooler zone produces small berries with fresh acidity, bringing structure to offset the power of the fruit.

Each year, the winery aims to produce two wines, Macán and Macán Clasico, in a tradition they took from Bordeaux, where it is standard to produce a “first” and a “second” wine; the first is made with lots that show more potential, and the second is more expressive and easy to drink when young.  This is perhaps the most notable influence of the Rothschild family on the project, because otherwise all viticulture and winemaking is in the hands of the Vega Sicilia team. The style of the wines is certainly not ‘traditional’ Rioja– for example, after trials, they decided against American oak. Perhaps the term Neo-Classical is most apt, with complex mineral-infused fruit and discreet oak influences, underpinned by a fine but firm structure.

100% Tempranillo grown on alkaline sandyclay soils. Fermented in stainless and maturing in a mix of French and American oak barrels, the 2018 second wine of Macan has a nice level of ripennes, and a pleasant softness due to the fine tannins. It will age gracefully.

Luis Gutiérrez writes; Their second wine in the Bordeaux sense is the 2018 Macán Clásico, which in the cooler and late year (they picked between October 2nd and 14th) fermented in stainless steel and matured in 50% new French oak barrels, 10% American oak barrels and 40% used ones for 12 months. The wine has moderate ripeness and alcohol (14%) in a fresher, subtler and more elegant year with good freshness (a pH of 3.75) and balance. It's young and creamy, a baby that will improve as it burns down that fat. Separating the press wine by quality and aging it separately seems to have increased the precision. It has to be one of the finest vintages for this wine; it is round and nicely textured. It could be an improved version of the 2016. Drinking 2022 - 2028. - Robert Parker Wine Advocate 94

James Suckling writes: Aromas of blackberries and crushed stones with some black licorice and violets, following through to a medium body with a solid core of fruit and such attractive fruit and fine tannins at the finish. Really attractive now. - James Suckling 94

Sarah Jane Evans MW writes: A rainy year in Rioja and an abundant harvest. Tempranillo cherry is overlaid with fine cedar and spice, plus firm tannin, with crispness that comes bursting through. Elegant and very long, with a lighter style. With Macán Classico, winemaker Gonzalo Iturriaga is working towards less extraction and in 2017 began to work with gentler pressing. Aged for 12 months in barrique, 50% new (40% French and 10% American), and 50% one year old. Drinking 2021 - 2026. - Decanter 92

Alison Napjus writes: A balanced red, medium-bodied and lightly juicy, with supple tannins buoying ripe black raspberry and red licorice notes and savory accents of tobacco and tar. Chewy. Drink now through 2025. - Wine Spectator


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