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MACÁN




Item:408914
Size:750 mL (25.4 oz)
Type: VINTAGES
Release Date:2020-12-10
Producer:Benjamin De Rothschild & Vega Sicil
Location:Spain - Rioja
Price: $114
Price History
Style:Red Wine
Full-bodied & Firm
Alcohol:14%
Varietal:Red Blend
Sugar Code:XD (5 g/L)
Rating:94
Total Inventory: 21 vs. on
Cellar: 2019
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Description
Macán is one of the most eagerly anticipated new projects ever, let alone in Rioja. Come on, a partnership between Edmond de Rothschild and the most venerable wine estate in Spain, Vega Sicilia, in one of the world's most beloved wine regions? It sounds almost too good to be true. This new project has brought with it some innovation, for Rioja anyway, in the implementation of what is referred to as the 'château concept,' where the wine is produced from grapes grown only in proprietary vineyards. The traditional Rioja method would be to purchase grapes from independent growers. Though the Rothschild and Alvarez families began working together here in the early 2000s, creating at least four vintages to establish exactly what it was they were hoping to accomplish, it was not until 2009 that they produced their first official vintage. The 2009 vintage was awarded a rating of 93 points in December 2013 by Luis Gutierrez of erobertparker.com, who described it as ' ... Concentrated but m
Tasting Notes
I tasted the 2014 Macán once again, as they are holding the top wine to give it one more year in bottle before being released. It fermented in oak vats with inoculated yeasts and aged in new barrique for 16 to 18 months. They want to give this cuvée no less than three years in bottle. This 2014 was bottled in May 2016, not quite three years ago yet, but it can provide a good idea of the development the wine is going to have when it's released. It's evolving at a very slow pace; it's a tight red with plenty of tannins, and the time in bottle seems to be doing it good. There is concentration and power, as well as typicity from the variety and the zone, with that austerity from this part of Rioja. It's a serious, modern and nicely crafted Tempranillo with a touch of sweet spices and smoke. It should continue evolving nicely in bottle. This will be released in January 2019. Drink 2019-2024. Score - 94. (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, June 28, 2019)
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