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Characteristics of Macán
Macan is a wine produced by Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia in La Rioja. The wineryis a company formed by Benjamin de Rothschild, who chairs the LCF Rothschild financial group in addition to several wine-related projects worldwide e.g. the legendary Château Lafite Rothschild, and the world famous winery, Vega Sicilia.
Macan is made from Tempranillo grapes from several small farms that the winery owns in the Rioja town of Labastida, with old vines more than 30 years old.
Throughout the preparation process, from the field to the bottle, excellence is sought and attention to detail to the fullest. After a strict selection of the grapes and subsequent fermentation, malolactic fermentation occurs in barrels of 30% and 70% is made.
Macan ages for 15 months in new and one year French oak barrels of fine and extra fine grain. An excellent wine from La Rioja. Elegant, silky, with wonderful velvety tannins and great aging potential.
If you want to try, hurry. Each vintage runs out quickly.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
A good balance and few climate incidents define this vintage. The autumn began with mild temperatures and lack of rain. In March began the rain,as well as the development of the vines. At the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines, temperatures decrease and there were a lot of rainy days. This caused an irregular growth of the vineyard. After an unstable month of May, the temperatures increased, and a cycle without rains began. This resulted in perfect sprouts and a good flowering. The summer months were warm and with some heat waves, which caused a slower growth cycle and some symptoms of water stress, and thus a concentration of fruit. At the end of September, and before the harvest, there was some rain that was perfect for a great year thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes. Good acidity and concentration define the wines from this vintage. Fine wines with a great ageing potential.
An excellent vintage in Rioja. With a mild autumn, and a cold and rainy winter, the growth season began with enough resources for the perfect development of the vines. During this period, there were no pests and diseases until the end of the growth cycle. During the harvest, there were no significant rains, so the health and ripening of the grapes were excellent. A great year with great aged wines that can be stored for a long time. Perfect balance between the most amiable tannins and the good acidity, which give these wines an extraordinary length.
2010 was considered the perfect vintage after some very good years. An optimal growth cycle, without incidents regarding the health of the vineyards. The harvest took place during a magnificent state of the vines and with a moderate production, with good fruit setting and slow ripening. A great year with excellent ageing potential, which resulted in spicy and fruity wines, with a very good structure and acidity.
La Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.