Bodegas Rothschild & Vega Sicilia
2014 'Macan Clásico' Rioja DOCa
Not Macan this up!
Jump Back to the Future in that DeLorean and take a quick trip back to the early 1980s. Walk into a wine shop and grab all those mythical early vintages of Opus One under $50 (yeah, that USED TO BE a thing) that can fit around the flux capacitor before you safely return to today.
If that sounds complicated, just pile up on this equally emblematic collectible collaboration, once again with the visionary Rothschild family, this time partnering with none other than ‘Spanish 1st Growth’ Vega Sicilia!
Whether you drink all or save a stash to flip ‘em to ease your mortgage payments down the road is your call.
In all seriousness, this wine is NOT for everybody. If you see fine wine as precious intellectual property, that also can deliver unmatched sensorial hedonism on demand, this is your jam. If you seek big, instant gratification fruit bombs, this is not that. It’s meant for food, too, but lavish, exotic and luxurious food.
Arguably the most prestigious joint venture to materialize in the upper echelons of rare wine since Opus One, you will be grateful to have gotten in early on Macan with this Clásico. Just add a zero to the price for an idea what top classics from Château Mouton Rothshild and Vega Sicilia Unico fetch these days.
The reviews don’t do justice to the complexity and sophistication here but perhaps Wine & Spirits comes close with the notion of “a guilty pleasure” that awaits you. Just a few cases were available… will won’t last long.
93 Points – Wine & Spirits
“This joint venture produces two wines: Macán is the first selection from 228 acres of vines in Rioja Alavesa; this wine, Macán Clásico, is their more accessible blend. One taster described its power and rich, sultry blackberry flavors as “a guilty pleasure;” its luscious, heady style delivers a lot of satisfaction. There’s a velvet nap to the texture, the chewy tannins of ripe cherry skins combining with the pencil-lead savor of finely integrated oak. The flavors are long and rich, in the mode of a cult wine.”
92+ Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2014 Macán Clásico, pure Tempranillo from their 92 hectares of vineyards in Ábalos, Labastida, El Villar and San Vicente de la Sonsierra, fermented 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. It’s still quite young and undeveloped, with good consistency, juicy, integrated and balanced. The Macán wines seem to be coming of age. Drink 2019-2024.”
92 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
“Youthful violet. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays raspberry liqueur, baking spice, vanilla and cola scents, along with suggestions of candied violet and woodsmoke. Fleshy and deeply concentrated, offering palate-coating red and blue fruit liqueur flavors that are given spine by a core of vibrant acidity. The spice and floral notes repeat emphatically on the long, sweet finish, which features sneaky tannins and repeating spiciness. Drink 2022-2030.”
92 Points – Decanter
“The Macán project had an awkward start, but the evolutionary tactics of Vega Sicilia are producing results, especially in recognizing the differences from Ribera del Duero and discovering the appropriate extraction, oak and barrel toast for Tempranillo in Rioja. Fine aromatics of thyme and rosemary with violets lead into a rich and fleshy palate with a rasp of tannin and a line of vivid acidity. It has a long finish with smoky notes. A much improved, enjoyable Rioja. Drink between 2018-2022.”
What the Winery Says
- Javier Ausas
- 100% Tempranillo
- Rioja DOCa, Spain
- Ábalos, Labastida, El Villar, San Vicente de la Sonsierra
- Average vine age
- 40 years
- Planting density
- 3,333 vines per ha
- 500 meters above sea level
- 3.500 kg /ha
- Bottling date
- May 2016
- 14 months
- 66% new French oak