Marques de Riscal "Baron de Chirel" Rioja Reserva 2014 (Rioja, Spain) - [WS 90]

Marques de Riscal "Baron de Chirel" Rioja Reserva 2014
(Rioja, Spain) - [WS 90]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Baron de Chirel Reserva is a modern classic which showcases the identity, tradition and modernity of Rioja.

The first vintage of Baron de Chirel, in 1986, was a response to the growing interest in fine quality Riojas. Since the outset, Marques de Riscal has had very close ties with the winemaking methods of Bordeaux. At around that time Marques de Riscal was working with a consultant named Professor Guy Guimberteau, successor to Emile Peynaud, who in his Bordeaux oenological training also had Francisco Hurtado de Amezaga as a student. Later, in 1997, Paul Pontallier, director general of one of the five Bordeaux premiers crus, Chateau Margaux, also joined. From this relationship sprang the idea of making an experimental wine which would revive the grandeur of those mythical Medoc Reservas brought right up to date with the technology and resources of the 20th century.

Vines aged between 80 and 110 years old were selected, with very low yields and better quality grapes. The wine was only made in the best vintages when the vines express the full character of the terroir; the "New Era of Rioja" had just begun. Pioneer and precursor of what would later be known as "high expression wines". After the success when it first broke into a market hungry for fine quality wines, an endless procession of wines began to appear in the wake of Baron de Chirel, enjoying great prestige among the most discerning consumers.

Food Pairing

Food Pairing:
This wine goes well with ham and mature cheese, red meat, poultry, game casseroles such as partridge, rabbit, venison, boar or roebuck, even when cooked in spicy sauces.

Winemaking

Grape Varietals: 65% Tempranillo and 35% Others

Alcohol: 14.6% 

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This burly red has an earthy character, with forest floor and mineral notes framing plum and licorice flavors. Shows good density, with firm tannins and enough acidity for balance. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases imported." - TM (Nov 15, 2019)