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History

Bodegas Muga Bodegas Muga is located in the historical Barrio de La Estación (railway station district) in Haro. Its vineyards lie on the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the area called Rioja Alta. La Rioja is one of the few regions in the world where wine is made using only native vine varieties. During decades of 1870 and 1880 there was a great increase of wine production in Spain, due to the destruction of vineyards in France by mildew and phylloxera. It was during this period when many great wineries in Rioja were founded, oriented to the production of wines to be exported to France. Antonio Muga was one of the viticulturists selling wine in bulk to be exported to France. Competing in such a complex market, many grape-growers joined to create bigger and more competitive wineries.

This was the origin of Rioja Alta -winery where Jorge Caño participated from its foundation in 1890, as the foreman of the winery. Jorge Caño was the great grand father of the actual foreman of Bodegas Muga. Bodegas Muga S.A. was established in 1932, but the real spirit of the winery began with the marriage of Aurora Caño, daughter of Jorge Caño, and Isaac Muga, grandson of Antonio Muga, in 1935. Unfortunately bad times came: the Spanish Civil War, General Franco’s dictatorship of 36 years, and ruined and isolated post-war Spain. The economical difficulties and the limitations of the old winery forced the young couple to elaborate just young wines.

Finally luck changed and they got the chance to buy the perfect building for the winery of their dreams – an old building, placed in the historical “Barrio de la estación”. In 1968 they were ready to elabore and age their first wine. Isaac Muga passed away during the harvest of 1969, and Aurora Caño and their two sons, Manuel Muga and Isaac Muga Jr., continued the work. Jorge Muga, born in Haro (La Rioja) in 1971, has directed the winemaking since 1998. 

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Vineyards

Vineyard soil: Clay-Calcareous and Alluvial Production area: Grape varieties: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano Average age of vines: Harvest method: hand picked Winemaking: Following traditional methods, Bodegas Muga uses oak throughout all the wine-making process - fermentation, ageing and storage Ageing: 24 to 36 months in oak casks. After bottling the wine remains in the cellars of the estate for 36 months

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Yesterday a fine tasting with friends including wines from 1908-2019. Best ones were Harlan 2011, Cristal 1962, Cheval Blanc 1947, Monfortino 2009 etc.

3m 15d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  12 wines 

What a lovely BBQ tasting under the Finland Midnight Sun! Eight guests voted Cyril Henschke 2013 as the best from the bunch. My favorites were Muga Prado Enea GR 2006 (94p), Petrolo Galatrona 2004 (94p) and Shafer One Point Five 2016 (94p). Troplong-Mondot 2000 was passed its peak while La Landonne 2012 is nowhere near for its enjoyability yet (give it another 8 years still to open up!)

3m 29d ago

 Jorge Muga, Wine Maker (Spain)  tasted  30 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Bodegas Muga Reserva 2016 /This wine is ruby-red with glints of brick-red and a medium-high depth of colour. Dense legs which provide you with a sequence of patterns around the sides of the glass. Initially you can find notes of red fruit aromas such as blackberries and reminders of spices. This is all well balanced by smoked aromas from its time in wood which had received a light-to-medium toasting. A subtle vanilla pod aroma coming through with roast coffee nuances. A smooth, mellow attack, with tannins wrapping the sides of the mouth with hints of menthol. In the finish the interesting lingering persistence is worthy of note.


You can pair this wine with veal, Iberian ham and charcuterie and some kinds of stews and hotpots.


Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo & Graciano

6m 13d ago

 Luis Gutierrez, Wine Writer (Spain)  tasted  4 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Bodegas Muga / Torre Muga 2015 / I tasted a super young 2016 Torre Muga that had only been in bottle for some four months. But even so, the year seems to be approachable and open. Even if the wine has concentration and power, it has great balance and freshness. And it's drinkable now, even if it's going to get polished with some more time in bottle, where it should have a long life. This was the most modern of the wines in the portfolio, but I think the modern and traditional styles have been converging over the years, and nowadays there is not a huge difference between them. And for its age, it feels quite round, and it doesn't have edges or any harsh tannins; the oak is present but it's neatly integrated in the wine. It has to be one of the finest vintages for Torre Muga. 36,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in early 2019.


Muga own close to 350 hectares of vineyards, as they think that even if you pay very high prices for grapes, you don't get the same quality as you get from your own vineyards. Some ten years ago, they had maybe 130 or 140 hectares of vineyards, and they are going to continue buying quality vineyards when they become available. So, they have increased their vineyards but production is stable. 2018 has been a variable vintage, with enough water and a tendency for high yields that they control, but they will probably produce Crianza/Reserva and perhaps Selección Especial, so no Torre Muga, Prado Enea or Aro. In 2017, they only produced their Crianza/Reserva. They are very happy with 2015 and 2016, even if they are different.

9m 25d ago

 Guo Ying / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Château Lynch-Bages 2005 / Dark, purple colour. Very open and complex nose revealing, cassis, capsicum, coffee and mintiness. The very same aromas as Mouton has on the nose. Opulent medium-bodied wine with extraordinary concentration and a chewy texture. Ripe round tannins with a mouthwatering acidity and intense dark fruitiness. Flavour shows dark chocolate and hints of anise. Very intense and long finish. Absolutely gracious wine with a long life ahead. Further bottle ageing of 10-15 years will enhance the charm of the wine.

3y 4m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  15 wines 

A perfect Grange 1971 -100Points. 


It's not the first time the 1971 Grange has bettered the French at their own game. In 1979, Penfolds caused a sensation in France when the upstart Australian winery topped the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad in Paris. The 1971 Grange beat some of the best Rhone wines ever made.



The judging panel contemplates the best wines the 1970s had to offer. 
"If you had to point to a wine which fulfilled the ambitions of Grange it would have to be the 1971," Schubert remarked in 1993, just months before he passed away.


According to the tasting notes, the 1971 Grange is "medium deep brick red" and "an immensely complex and mature wine with lifted smoked meat, dark chocolate, mocha and liquorice aromas".


The 1971 Grange is a blend of 87 per cent shiraz and 13 per cent cabernet sauvignon grapes, which were sourced from the Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley, and Magill Estate in Adelaide, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. The wine has an unusually low alcohol of around 12.3 per cent, which may have helped contribute to its incredible longevity.


 


 

3y 10m ago

 Jorge Muga, Wine Maker (Spain)  tasted  5 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  5 wines 

“Torre Muga 2010 / The wine faithfully expresses the climatology that prevailed during the vintage, showing itself to be balanced and very juicy.

Its easy-drinking character and “good manners” surprise you, even when you remember that it is only three years’ old and it is from a zone which usually needs more bottle time.
That said, you can make allowance for the occasional rough edges on the palate which are of little importance and will round themselves off very quickly.

The nose is attractive with fresher fruit than we are used to find in this wine.
Very precise balance between red berry fruit and oaky spiciness which have still not fully integrated.
The aromas show marked dimorphism.

On the one hand, the fruit is complex, difficult to pin down, and on the other we have very clearly defined spices: black pepper, cloves, vanilla and a little charcoal.
In the back of the nasal cavity the spiciness dominates, a little drier, but more elegant and much richer in nuances.
The fruit only returns after a few seconds in the aftertaste where we again find the red berries and something which seems similar to peaches and ripe plums.

4y 1m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“10 wonderful days in Spain with Family. Here are some of the younger vintages I tasted during those slow and hot days.”

4y 9m ago

 Luciano Cesare, Wine Dealer (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  14 wines 

“Vega Sicilia Unico 2004 96 points / Good looking normal size bottle in a excellent condition. Colour is ruby red, and looking bright and deep. On the nose it is wide, complex, opulent, generous and pure. The taste is fresh, round, fragrant, focused, rich, full-bodied, with balanced and well-structured structure. On the palate it is layered and has earthy, leather, blackberry, mint, mineral, smoky, spice, tobacco and tropical fruits flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful and pure. This wine is sophisticated, transparent and excellent. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.”

4y 10m ago

 Rytis Jurkenas / Champagne Expert, Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  11 wines 

““Penfolds Grange 1971 - 98 points / Good looking normal size bottle, is in a perfect condition and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red, and looking bright, dark and deep. On the nose it is intense, youthful, refined, fresh and generous. The taste is rich, focused, vigor, refined, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, concentrated and complex structure. The finish is long, round, flavorful, pure and spicy. This wine is intelligent, transparent and impressive. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.””

4y 10m ago

 Toshi Nakamoto, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  26 wines 

“Petrus 2011 / A dense ruby/purple-tinged color and restrained but intriguing aromas of kirsch, raspberry jam, wood spice, and mulberries are found in this full-bodied Petrus. An undeniable success in 2011, it is rich, layered and pure with light to moderate tannin, but seems slightly less muscular and tannic compared to its stablemate, Trotanoy. Forget it for a few years and drink it over the following 25 years. Made from 100% Merlot, it tips the scales at 13.5% alcohol. In short, it is typically open-knit and already showing very well. This is quite opulent." RP”

5y 24d ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Muga . In a tasting of  15 wines 

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