2015 Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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Vega Sicilia's Pablo Alvarez and I met last summer to taste the exciting new releases from a tremendous project he has launched with the Rothschild family of Lafite. Combining Vega Sicilia and Lafite under one roof, this is easily Rioja's most anticipated new project. Pablo began working with the Rothschilds about 20 years ago – unmarked warehouses ensuring anonymity – until the magic was perfected. Conceptually, they sought the oldest, finest parcels of late 19th century Tempranillo, plantings in Rioja Alto and Alavesa preferred, ancient calcareous and argilo-calcareous soils their target. To date, they've secured some serious plots; gnarled old vines from the 1920s anchoring the project. Pablo seeks "the acidity and finesse of the classics, and the aromatic purity and fruit expression of the modern wines." The depth of talent is incredible, resources unmatched; sparkling new stainless steel fermentation tanks align perfectly in their new cellars with large French oak foudres. The barrel room equally impressive; 100% new French oak in equal proportion with two year oak – as many sizes and variations on toast level imaginable. We tasted the latest release alongside Vega Sicilia – eye-opening is an understatement! These are thrilling wines; the discovery will amaze you.


The newest project for the Alvaro family, in partnership with Benjamin de Rothschild. This 2015 second wine has an alluring chocolate and cherry nose with impressively integrated spicy oak. The palate has firm tannins in the mid-palate. Very plush, detailed and attractive, long and balanced. Big plum flavor. Very fresh. Drink or hold.

94 points, James Suckling (Dec 2018)

The entry level here is the 2015 Macán Clásico, pure Tempranillo from their 92 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Ábalos, Labastida, El Villar and San Vicente de la Sonsierra. It fermented in stainless steel after a cold soak, followed by malolactic partly in barriques and an élevage of 12 to 14 months in new and second use French oak barrels. This is the last vintage that was fermented in the old winery, but it has already finished its élevage in the new winery. They have much better facilities now, and they feel they have more precision from 2016 onward, as they have a great diversity of fermentation vessels; they have introduced 4,000-liter oak vats, and they can also treat the press wine separately. 2015 is a riper and warmer vintage, but they harvested quite early to find balance and avoid over-ripeness. It's clean, modern and balanced, with integrated oak and the classical berry flavors with a spicy twist. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with some grainy tannins and enough elegance to counterbalance the natural power. I would say it's a very successful 2015, a vintage that is overdelivering in many cases. 70,928 bottle, 1,042 magnums, 62 double magnums and 22 imperials produced. It was bottled in May 2017.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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