Producer: Bodegas Benjamin Rothschild and Vega Sicilia
Macán emerged from the bowels of La Rioja. A wine of yesteryear and today that respects the most authentic and typical style of a prestigious region.
A wine that searches for harmony by turning to its roots. The nature of its origins gives it a special elegance, a lingering mark, wrapping it in an unforgettable balance of sensitivity and expressivity.
Red wine wholly made using the Tempranillo variety. After the alcoholic fermentation, the malolactic process is carried out in barrels and in tanks. The ageing takes place in extrafine and fine grain French wood, the majority in new barrels and the rest in one-wine barrels. It remains in wood for 15 months and then in bottles until it is sold.
Macán and Macán Clásico are the joint vision that two great names of the wine world, Rothschild and Vega Sicilia, have of La Rioja. They are very elegant wines, where the harmony of their aromas and flavours show the authenticity of the land from where they come and its capacity to produce great wines.
Macán lurks rather more in the background, it will have to be time that shapes its great elegance backed by the silkiness of velvety tannins. Wine with a great capacity for ageing than its junior partner and noted for its great minerality.
Its co-existence is due to the desire to preserve the Bordeaux tradition to produce a first and second wine. Both always coexist and are treated exactly the same from the wine to the classification tasting. The different batches of wine of the vintage are then separated, with the two wines being considered individually and showing the differences between them.
Tasting Notes: Macán Clásico is single-varietal 100 % Tempranillo. Its grapes come from limestone plots with a slightly more sandy-loam profile. This vintage was marked by a frost on April 28th, with the harvest taking place early and in somewhat warm conditions. This is why special emphasis was placed on very gentle extractions, working the presses differently this year and polishing them before blending in the final assemblage. 50 % new oak barrels were used for ageing, giving greater weight to the fresher profiles, and 10 % American oak barrels to work on smoothness.
Macán Clásico 2017 conveys the purest expression of Rioja Tempranillo, with its profile being somewhat warmer and firmer yet extremely harmonious.
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Alcohol percentage: 14.5%