Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia "Macan Clasico" Rioja DOCa 2016 (Rioja, Spain) - [WA 93+] [JS 93]

Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia "Macan Clasico" Rioja DOCa 2016
(Rioja, Spain) - [WA 93+] [JS 93]


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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


93+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2016 Macan Clasico is their second wine in the Bordeaux sense. In 2016, they fermented the wine in stainless steel and reduced the number of new barrels to 50%, while 5% of the barrels were produced with American oak at the Vega Sicilia cooperage. The new winery was 100% ready and now has much better facilities. The elevage lasted 12 months, and this has contained ripeness and integrated oak. The year had freshness and balance and helped to produce lighter and more expressive wines, like this one. This has to be one of the finest vintages for this cuvee. 97,654 bottles, 1,060 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in August 2018." - Luis Gutierrez (30th Dec 2019)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"A very perfumed red with ultra fine and chewy tannins that coat the mouth and draw you down the linear line of this wine. Purple fruit, stones and blue fruit. Medium to full body. Better in 2021, but already beautiful. Drink now or hold." - (28 Jun, 2019)