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    84
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    14
  • Decanting time

    45min
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  • Food Pairing

    Duck Confit with a Merlot Sauce

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Parker 99+ points : The 1945 Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva is from a cuvee designated R.M. (Reserve Medoc) and was made with over 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. In appearance it resembles a 15-year-old wine accompanied by a brooding bouquet of balsamic, Asian spices, incense, dried fruits, and subtle terroir notes. On the palate it reveals no age; lively, vibrant, layered, and concentrated, it is quite likely to outlive everyone born in the year 1945. 

Marques de Riscal is one of Rioja’s legendary estates. Here tradition and quality go hand in hand despite the Bodega’s enormous production and a few minor tweaks to update the style. It was my privilege in May 2010 to participate in a vertical tasting of Marques de Riscal Gran Reservas dating back to 1870 at the Bodega. The corks from the ancient vintages were removed with Port tongs to prevent any contamination of the wine.

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The Story

Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are basically made from grapes from tempranillo vines planted before de 70’s, grown in the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. This variety withstands oak- and bottle ageing well thanks to its good balance of acidity and fine tannin. The Graciano and Mazuelo varieties, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration time is never more than 12 days.

Riscal reservas spend around two years in American Oak barrels, producing a wine which corresponds to the classic Rioja style: fresh, fine, elegant and very suitable for laying down for many years. Before release for sale it spends a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle; time enough to show how much complexity tempranillo is able to achieve.

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Wine Information

Good quality vintage in Elciego, average in Rioja. 205 day cycle. Frosts in May and a very cool August. Scant rainfall, poorly distributed. In the Rioja Alavesa area some wines were very good.

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Even though 1945 was an amazing vintage in Bordeaux it doesn’t mean it was the same in the whole of Europe. It was good at Elciego, but only average across the Rioja region. The vegetative cycle was 205 days long with some frost in May and a cool August. Rain was scarce and badly distributed, but with these conditions some wines were exceptional in Rioja Alavesa. Reserva Médoc was 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Tempranillo. Aged in oak barrels for 50 months. 'This is not the wine that was served at Wine Future Rioja, mind you', explained Paco Hurtado de Amézaga, 'this is the Reserva Médoc'.
I’ve been lucky to have had this wine before, and this is by far the best bottle I’ve tried. It explains why this wine is such a legend, and in the opinion of many (and I’m moving towards this group) the best or one of the best wines ever produced in Spain. Incredible colour, opaque, almost black. Could fool anyone to think this is a ten-year-old wine. The aromas jump from the glass. Youth. Truffle, no signs of ageing. Balsamic, complex and full of fruit, fruit and more fruit. Mineral and concentrated. The nose keeps changing, moving from roast beef to more mineral notes, and it doesn’t stop. Hypnotizing. Very balanced, seems to be getting younger in the glass. Amazing. Perfection. (LG)

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Marqués de Riscal 1945 - 100 points. A wine containing more than 70% of Cabernet-Sauvignon. Dark garnet red with black core and mahagony coloured hue. Very rich and complex aroma reminiscent of rose hips, black truffles, prunes, hints of blackcurrant jam and dark chocolate, vanilla and mild gingerbread spices in the background. On the palate excellent structure, complex character, a wine with depth and great length, perfect balance and freshness. A great and impressive wine, close to the 1895.
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Origin

Elciego, Rioja

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

30min

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