List of products by brand Marqués de Cáceres

Marqués de Cáceres, and especially its founder, Enrique Forner, revolutionized the concept of Rioja wine in the 70s with a business model focused exclusively on quality. An obsession that, even today, remains one of the pillars on which the fifth generation of this illustrious wine family is established. A spirit based on continuous evolution, with a remarkable policy of investment in innovation and technology, but also far from the more or less passing trends. Currently, the wines from Marques de Cáceres are present in more than 120 countries. But, above all, they are the reality that interprets the personal challenge of its founder. His innate sensitivity and his unique vision of the future have made his wines take part in that secret complicity between science, nature, and pleasure, harvest after harvest.

The history of Marqués de Cáceres is the story of Enrique Forner, who traded with wines since he was a child. In 1920, his grandfather and his father founded "Vinícola Forner" in Sagunto (Valencia). It was a family business dedicated to the production, commercialisation and export of wines. After he was exiled to France in the Civil War, in 1952 Enrique founded a business similar to the one of Sagunto in the Valleys of the Rhône and Loire (France). In 1963, he bought two chateaux grand crue classé in Haut Medoc (Bordeaux) —Château Camensac and Château Larose Trintaudon— convinced that he would be able to make some of the best wines in the world. In 1968, he returned to Spain without leaving his business in Bordeaux and, just like a century before winemakers and Bordeaux merchants chose Rioja fleeing the phylloxera, he opted for Rioja and Cenicero, the heart of La Rioja Alta, to follow his big dream. His instinct was such that he was able to produce more than ten million bottles of his crianza without owning a single hectare of vineyard, and using only his great olfactory ability to buy wine from harvesters, and later on, grapes. By wisely choosing the raw material from his suppliers, he managed to neutralize, in the extent possible, the climate changes of the harvest that could alter the unmistakable seal of his brands.

 

History of the winery

In 1970, Enrique Forner founded Marqués de Cáceres, Unión Vitivinícola, S.A. in the surroundings of Cenicero. At first, he turned to his friend, professor Emile Peynaud, a true revolutionary of the cultivation and production of Bordeaux wine in the 70s and 80s, to impregnate Rioja of that same spirit of renewal. With the advice of Peynaud, he applied the new techniques of cultivation and production that his friend successfully used in Bordeaux: control of vineyards, selection of grapes, cold production to extract the primary aromas, ageing in new and semi-new French oak, and long refining in bottle to enhance the great virtues of the Tempranillo in Rioja: finesse and elegance. In addition, Enrique Forner was a pioneer in the introduction of French oak for wines of Rioja. All this happened at a time when Rioja was practically stagnant, with a small group of historical wineries that had borne the name of the region all over the world, but that were now anchored in an production process from last century, and with an incipient group of wine merchants specialised in bulk sale and large amounts.

The name of the Winery was given by an old friend of the Forner family, Mr Vicente Noguera Espinosa de los Monteros, Marquis of Cáceres and Great of Spain. The marquessate has its origin in the 18th century, and it was granted by the King of Spain to the Captain of the Royal Spanish Navy, Mr Juan Ambrosio García de Cáceres y Montemayor in appreciation for his outstanding services to the Crown during the war of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Currently, Mr Juan Noguera, the marquis of Cáceres, (Marqués de Cáceres in Spanish), is still linked to the winery.

In 1975, Marqués de Cáceres launched its first red wines, the Crianza of 1970 and the Reserva of 1968, the first wine to be made in another winery before they built its own facilities in 1970. At the front of the Rioja "classics" dominated by wood on the verge of oxidation, Enrique Forner presented some lively Rioja wines, in which the fruit stood out above the oak, but respecting both the traditional multivarietal composition, dominated by the Tempranillo, and the long ageing potential of the world's great wines. He also renewed the white and rosé wines, which he moved away from the wood to offer full sensations of youth, aromas and fruit. In 1980, he reorganised the commercial distribution network in Spain, and Marqués de Cáceres was served at tables from all around the country. Enrique Forner was an entrepreneur who shrewdly avoided the different crises that plagued the Spanish wine map. His brand pyramid was the best example of how to offer quality to each segment of the market, arousing the admiration of the whole sector. He never made second brands for the hotel trade, and he was always coherent with the prices, unmoved by the pressure of the market.

In the 90s, a renewal current was imposed in Rioja. Young oenologists and winemakers were inspired by Bordeaux, as Enrique Forner had done 20 years before, to work the "terroir", the vineyard, and to achieve profiles different from the traditional Rioja wines. It was also the moment when Marqués de Cáceres was advised by Michel Rolland, the most influential oenologist of the moment in Bordeaux. In 1996, the third winemaking building is opened exclusively for high-end wines. In 1999, they launched Gaudium from the vintage of 1994, which opened a new line of wines by Marqués de Cáceres, taking advantage of the oldest vineyards of Cenicero from original suppliers of 1970 who began the adventure with Enrique Forner. Nowadays, these same suppliers, or their descendants, continue to supply their grapes to the winery.

Currently, Cristina Forner, Enrique's daughter, is in charge of the family business. She joined the winery in 1983 with a clear objective: the internationalization of the brand. Today, Marqués de Cáceres exports more than 50% of its production and is present in more than 120 countries. It is part of the forum Foro de Marcas Renombradas Españolas and, in addition to being the best-known Rioja wine in Spain, it is among the 50 most admired brands of wine in the world according to Drinks International.

 

Marqués de Cáceres Rueda

In 2014, Rueda marks another exciting chapter in the history of the winery, which buys 125 hectares in the heart of D.O. Rueda. The winery has been designed to enable the production, from the vine to the bottle. Located in the vineyard itself, its situation allows them to pick the grapes in short times, when the ripening point requires it, preserving the most absolute and lively expression of its origin. The production, stabilisation and bottling are distributed in three warehouses equipped with the latest technologies so that oenology manages to extract the maximum expression of the raw material.

Marqués de Cáceres Rueda has 125 hectares in the towns of Serrada and La Seca. Most of the vineyard is of the Verdejo variety, with small plantations of Sauvignon Blanc that are in the process of research. These vineyards are 30 to 40 years old, on average. The smallest vineyard, of around 22 hectares located in La Seca, is planted on reddish, rocky (boulders) and barren soils. The largest vineyard, in Serrada with 104 hectares, we can find the new winery. The vineyards are a succession of terraces with several types of soil: mostly stony in the upper area and a scarce presence of sandy soils as you descend towards the course of the Duero river, which is very close to the northern limit of the farm.

 

Work philosophy

The wine is made in the vineyard. It is a principle that is especially extended in the world of wine, but at Marqués de Cáceres they also know that the winery, technology, and a strict and extensive technical team, are equally necessary to guarantee the quality of the final product, beyond the mercies or inclemencies of each vintage.

Since its foundation, Marqués de Cáceres has a guaranteed supply of grapes in privileged areas of high-quality vineyards, located mainly in areas of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, and especially in the municipality of Cenicero, where the winery is located. The technical teams are in charge of the control and advice in the cultivation tasks, in order to assure the best quality of the fruits they obtain each year. Vineyards of more than thirty years, in many cases, and mainly of the varieties Tempranillo and Viura, guarantee the necessary grapes to make their highest-quality wines. Each year, the Technical Department of the Winery establishes a strict schedule for the collection and entry of the grapes in the winery. This is done according to the visits to the vineyard, the tasting of the samples attained and the ripeness controls in the laboratory.

For the ageing of its wines, the winery selects different barrels and different roasts for each type of wine. For this reason, they have a global warehouse of more than 15,000 barrels of 225 litres of capacity, 60% French oak and 40% American oak. These barrels are renewed periodically to keep a barrel room that suits the ageing needs of the different wines they make.

Also, leaving the wines to rest in the bottles is essential for Marqués de Cáceres, reason why they have three bottle rooms with a capacity for almost 10 million bottles.

 

Wines from Marqués de Cáceres

Below are the wines from the winery Marqués de Cáceres. They have a wide range of wines. White wines with the Viura variety, such as Antea, a white wine fermented on lees in barrels, and the traditional young Marqués de Cáceres wine, as well as the semi-sweet Satinela, which is extraordinary as an aperitif and with desserts. Also a Marqués de Cáceres rosé, made exclusively with Tempranillo through the saignée method. Under D.O. Rueda, they make and market Marqués de Cáceres Verdejo, with grapes from their own vineyards.

On the other hand, Marqués de Cáceres produces and markets limited editions to commemorates special or significant events of its career path. They also have special selections of certain vintages that confirm a superior quality and that are bottled in numbered series to guarantee their exclusivity. 

Colección “Excellens”. Their most recent creation is the collection of wines "Excellens", which follows fashion trends in specific markets. This collection is comprised of an Excellens Rosé with a pale colour, and subtle and delicate aromas. It is made mainly with Grenache from Rioja Alta and a right amount of Viura. Inside the collection we can also find a red wine, Excellens Especial Cuvée, made with Tempranillo, with an attractive bouquet of red fruit and a touch of soft spices provided by its ageing in oak. Rich in the mouth, with ripe tannins that enhance its structure and elegance. With D.O. Rueda they also make Excellens Sauvignon Blanc, a young varietal made with grapes from their own vineyards.

Marqués de Cáceres Crianza is made with 85% Tempranillo, 10% Red Grenache, 5% Graciano. It is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (60%) and American oak barrels (40%). 25% are new barrels, 25% are barrels used for two years, 25% are barrels of three years, and 25% are barrels of four years maximum. On the nose, it has aromas of red fruit, whose freshness is wrapped in a background of vanilla and sweet spices. In the mouth, it is zesty, honest, with ripe tannins that blend in a structure that shows great harmony. Meaty in the mouth, full of flavours.

Marqués de Cáceres Reserva is made with 85% Tempranillo, 10% Red Grenache and 5% Graciano, from a selection of plots of old vines that are between 25 and 35 years old, located in Rioja Alta (85%) and Rioja Alavesa (15%). It is aged for 20 months in French split oak barrels. Around a third are new barrels, another third of barrels of two years, and one third of three years. Deep, complex aromas that allow you to perceive the quality of its ageing, the power of the black fruit and a roasted background mixed with notes of very fine oak. Liveliness in the mouth, volume and concentrated flavours. The tasting shows character and structure, giving way to a meaty texture. Class and elegance, good ageing potential.

Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva is made with 85% Tempranillo, 8% Red Grenache and 7%

Graciano, from 5 plots in Cenicero and Nájera, in Rioja Alta; Lanciego, Elciego and Laguardia, in Rioja Alavesa. It is aged from 24 to 26 months, depending on the origin of the vineyard and the lots of barrels. In this case, they are new and second-use French oak barrels. The nose unfolds deep aromas of ripe forest fruit, cherries, that blend with slightly roasted vanilla notes. Ample in the mouth, meaty and fresh. It is accompanied by beautiful tannins that enhance its structure and complexity. It was chosen one of the 100 best wines of Rioja in the tasting 10 X 10 held in London on the 10th of November, 2015.

Marqués de Cáceres "BIO", is a young red wine made with 88% Tempranillo and 12% Graciano, from 14 hectares of the farm Finca Barrio, in Cenicero. It is planted with vines that are 19 years old, cared for according to the organic rules of cultivation and treatment. Finca Barrio is fully regulated by organic viticulture, and its treatments are respectful with the environment. On the nose, it shows sharpness from the fresh fruit, with a floral background of violets. In the mouth, it is tasty, with crisp fruit that rests on a peculiar structure, where the tannins secretly appear. The mid-palate awakens the taste buds with its impetuosity, showing rich and persistent red fruit.

Marqués de Cáceres MC is a wine that is made in excellent vintages. It is a single-variety of Tempranillo, from 11.2 hectares in 5 selected plots in Rioja Alta, in the municipality of Cenicero, and from Rioja Alavesa, in the municipality of Elciego, with old vines that are between 65 and 90 years old. It has a limited production of around 26,000 bottles, which come from 89 new French oak barrels, where the wine has remained for 15 months. A bouquet of ripe fruit and sweet spices that are enriched with the complexity of a creamy oak. In the mouth, it is tasty, sweet, with toasted notes and ripe tannins that enhance its volume.

Marqués de Cáceres “GAUDIUM”. Among the great wines of Marques de Cáceres, there is no doubt that Gaudium has a privileged place. The first Gaudium was made from the harvest of 1994. The 1995 harvest and some others were discarded, because Gaudium is always a jewel, already assembled and polished, ready to be tasted in all its splendour. It is a wine based on honest and fragrant tannins, well sweetened, fine and meaty. They support a wide range of candied shades and ripe fruit notes, where the subtle spicy notes from its ageing in French oak (cedar, vanilla, leather) sustain its finish, which has only just begun in its first sip. It is made with 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano from 9 hectares in 5 selected plots from Rioja Alta (municipalities of Cenicero and San Vicente de la Sonsierra) and Rioja Alavesa (municipality of Lanciego). These are small plots planted with old vines that are 70 years old, on average, including a 1.5 hectare plot of pre-phylloxera vines estimated to be older than 120 years. The wine comes from a selection of 65 new French oak barrels, where the wine has remained from 18 to 20 months.

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Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2017

A Rioja classic that never gets old

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Marqués de Cáceres Gaudium 2015

A "delight" from the D.O.Ca Rioja, made exclusively in excellent vintages

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Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2015

Dense, concentrated and refreshing

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Marqués de Cáceres Rosado 2020

A young, versatile and very elegant rosé

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