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Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Macan Classico, Rioja, 2018

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Macan Clasico is a quintessential wine from the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria in La Rioja. It showcases the freshness, fruitiness, liveliness and delicacy of the terroir, while also offering depth and complexity. Since 2016, this joint venture between Tempos Vega Sicilia and the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild has enjoyed modern facilities where innovation, technology and wine science converge. Macan Clasico is 100% Tempranillo, from limestone plots with a slightly more sandy-loam profile. This Atlantic-influenced vintage was harvested in October, and benefited from a little more extraction and oak than its hot-vintage predecessor.

The Vintage

2018 was a fresher year following a mild, wet winter which enabled the soil to gain significant water reserves. Budburst was 10 days late, while spring remained cool and damp resulting in ripening being delayed by a total of 2 weeks. In this more traditional growing season the grapes had plenty of time to accumulate flavour, before they were eventually picked in the first half of October.

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