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2018 Macan Clasico, Vega Sicilia, Rioja, Spain

Case Size: Single Bottle
Sale price£56.95

2018 Macan Clasico, Vega Sicilia, Rioja, Spain

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A dark fruit, powerful and concentrated, spicy and earthy Rioja from Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia. Despite the rather bland label, this is one of the best made Rioja wines from one of the best vintages in thirty years. This wine is just entering its drinking window and will evolve and improve over the next 15 years. A case buy.


Their second wine in the Bordeaux sense is the 2018 Macán Clásico, which in the cooler and late year (they picked between October 2nd and 14th) fermented in stainless steel and matured in 50% new French oak barrels, 10% American oak barrel and 40% used ones for 12 months. The wine has moderate ripeness and alcohol (14%) in a fresher, subtler and more elegant year with good freshness (a pH of 3.75) and balance. It's young and creamy, a baby that will improve as it burns down that fat. Separating the press wine by quality and aging it separately seems to have increased the precision. It has to be one of the finest vintages for this wine; it is round and nicely textured. It could be an improved version of the 2016. 151,411 bottles, 1,053 magnums and some larger formats were filled during August 2020. 94 Points. Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate (January 2022)

Aromas of blackberries and crushed stones with some black licorice and violets, following through to a medium body with a solid core of fruit and such attractive fruit and fine tannins at the finish. Really attractive now. 94 Points. James Suckling


This top end Rioja wine will pair well with grilled steaks, lamb chops and Moroccan tagine.


A cooler, Atlantic inspired vintage scoring 94 points with the Wine Advocate.

Hand Tempranillo picked grapes from 30 year old vines. 


Spain's most prestigious producer, Vega Sicilia is a Spanish icon. Founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, he arrived in the region with Bordeaux cuttings of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and planted them together with Tinto Fino in these hallowed soils. This act laid the first stone in building the reputation of the wines of Ribera del Duero today.

This traditional estate strives for excellence at every turn with painstaking selection in the vineyard and huge investment in oak in the winery. All the wines of Vega Sicilia, from Unico to Valbuena 5° to Alion all share these exacting standards and it's this insistence on quality that has helped Vega Sicilia develop their cult like status among oenophiles today.


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We recommend this wine be served at 18°C and stored at 12°C. We recommend decanting the wine for several hours before service.


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    2018 Macan Clasico, Vega Sicilia, Rioja, Spain

    Wine Card
    Wine Producer Vega Sicilia
    Wine Region Rioja
    Wine Classification DO Rioja
    Wine Type Red
    Grape Variety 100% Tempranillo
    Vintage 2018
    Vintage Quality Outstanding - Parker 
    Maturity Drink but will Improve
    Body Mid-Full Bodied
    Sweetness Dry
    Alcohol % 14%
    Bottle Type Bordeaux 75cl
    Serving Temperature 16-18°C
    Food Pairing Beef, Lamb, Game
    Awards 94 Points - James Suckling
    94 Points - Wine Advocate
    92 Points - Decanter

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