Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia "Macan" Rioja DOCa 2015 (Rioja, Spain) -  [JS 95] [WA 93+]

Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia "Macan" Rioja DOCa 2015
(Rioja, Spain) - [JS 95] [WA 93+]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Composed exclusively of tempranillo grapes harvested from 40 year-old vines, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan has been very limited in production since its first vintage in 2009. A great Spanish wine crafted in the French style, this Macan leverages the full potential of the Rioja terrain for an elegant, distinguished wine that is powerful and persistent.

Appellation: Rioja (Haute Rioja)
Grapes Varieties: Tempranillo
Plantation Density: 3,328 vines/hectare (2.40 m x 1.25 m)
Vineyard Age: 45 years
Breeding Period: 14 months
Vineyard Area: 75 hectares
Soil Type: 90% argilo-calcareous, 10% argilo-ferrous

Ratings & Reviews


95 Points - James Suckling:
"A dense red that is agile and energetic with gorgeous blackberry, dark chocolate and hints of cedar. Notes of spice and toasted chocolate. Full to medium body, very long and polished textures. A classic Rioja with a touch of modernity. Drink or hold." - (18 Jan, 2018)

93+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The current vintage of the first wine is the 2015 Macan, fermented in oak vats and matured in new French oak barrels for 12 months, followed by a further five months in oak vats and kept in bottle for almost three years before it's released. 2015 was a warm and dry year, and the wine feels riper when tasted next to the 2016 Macan Clasico, which comes from a very different year. The use of foudres helps to give the wine length and elegance a good tool to fine-tune warmer vintages like this one. This is stylistically different from 2016, with darker fruit and an earthy touch. It's powerful, with structure and plenty of tannin, a dense wine, with concentration to get polished in bottle. 74,465 bottle, 2,563 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in May 2017." - Luis Gutierrez (30th Dec 2019)