Bodegas Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan Rioja DOCa, Spain 2018
VINTAGE : 2018
COUNTRY : Spain
REGION/APPELLATION : Rioja
Macán is a modern and very personal take on the premium quality signature wines of the Rioja DOCa region. It is a commitment to finesse, elegance, complexity, and potency. It is also the standard bearer for Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, the project launched by Tempos Vega Sicilia and Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 2004.
The 2009 vintage was the first to launch to market. Knowledge, effort, patience, and a desire for constant improvement have helped to develop a project that currently resides on a 100 hectare asset containing highquality vineyards and cutting-edge production facilities that combine technology, tradition, and innovation. Macán is only made from grapes of the Tempranillo variety. The grape comes from a meticulous selection of mature plots found on high terraces with poorly developed, gravelly, calcareous clay soils.
The Atlantic's influence on the 2018 vintage marked this year's wine. A more productive vintage, with very good water reserves; ultimately, a wine vintage with a bit less substance, but a lot more freshness and elegance. Harvest took place in October and this is one of those vintages that simply cannot go ignored. We were able to go somewhat further than normal during extraction and even slightly increase the barrel weight by 5 %.
Macán 2018, a vibrant, elegant, and subtle vintage. A vintage with nuances, definition, and a trendsetting feeling.
" The 2018 Macán has moderate alcohol (14%) and more freshness (pH 3.69), reflecting a cooler and rainier year that forced them to fine-tune the sorting and selection of the grapes, which fermented with selected yeasts. The élevage was in barrel (55%) and larger foudres for 16 months. 2018 was quite different from 2019, as it was cooler and rainier. The wine is serious and harmonious, which was a challenge, and winemaker Gonzalo Iturriaga told me that they had to be very careful and sort and select the grapes. It's textured and elegant, a style that follows the path of the 2016; it's elegant but with depth, managing the élevage in foudre better, which was a learning process they started in 2016." The Wine Advocate 94+