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Altos R Pigeage Graciano 2016

Rioja DOCa

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  • Bronze, China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA), 2020
  • Silver, International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2020
  • 90pts, International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2020
  • 93pts, Tasted 100% Blind, Andreas Larsson, 2020
  • Gold, Berliner Wine Trophy, 2020
  • 93pts, Tim Atkin, Rioja Special Report, 2020
  • Gold, China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards, 2020
  • Top 100, Wines from Spain Awards, 2019
  • Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA), 2019
  • Silver, Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2019
  • 91pts, Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2019
  • 93pts, Tasted 100% Blind, Andreas Larsson, 2019
  • 93pts, James Suckling, 2019
  • Great Gold, International Wine Awards, 2019
  • Grand Gold, Concurso Internacional de Vinos AkataVino Sumilleres de Espa, 2019
  • 96pts, Concurso Internacional de Vinos AkataVino Sumilleres de Espa, 2019
  • Silver, Concours des Vins Lyon, 2019
  • Great Gold, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2019
  • Grand Gold, Concurso Nacional de Monovarietales, MonoVino 2018, 2019
  • 92pts, Tim Atkin, Rioja Special Report, 2019
  • Grand Gold, Premios MonoVino, 2020
  • 92pts, Guía Vivir el Vino, 2020

Eight Golds, plus eight top scores, including 96 Points from Spain's Top Sommeliers, this is a stunning, very rare Rioja. It’s made purely from the region’s superb Graciano grape. Very low yield tiny berries, long aged in new oak, this is sublime.

Eight Golds, plus eight top scores, including 96 Points from Spain's Top Sommeliers, this is a stunning, very rare Rioja. It’s made purely from the region’s superb Graciano grape. Very low yield tiny berries, long aged in new oak, this is sublime.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Peppery spice, dense juicy fruit, textured tannins, great length

Aroma

Crushed pepper, exotic berry fruit, tobacco and spice box

Altos R Pigeage Graciano 2016

More information

  • 14.0% ABV
  • 10.5 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2036

This is Jean-Marc Sauboua’s pure, ultra-rare Graciano. Never heard of it? Not surprising as, despite being Rioja’s most important grape variety about a century ago, today it makes up just 1% of plantings. Oz Clarke called it “far and away the most interesting vine in Rioja”. Jean-Marc is a great fan and doing his best to revive it. He only makes this flagship special cuvée in the best vintages, because Graciano is hard to ripen. Fruit from ancient bush vines, with yields of 10–15 hectolitres per hectare, accounts for amazing layers and length of flavour. Fermented slowly in open top wooden fermenters, with once a day plunge down (pigeage), then with 20 months in all new French oak, this is a powerful red. For now, decant early. Or keep.

"Fragrant and spicy nose offering smoke, crushed pepper, clove, ginger and ripe red berries. Dense" Andreas Larsson
World's Top Sommelier
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