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Altos R Pigeage Graciano 2018

Rioja DOCa

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  • Great Gold, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2021
  • 96pts, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2021
  • Gold, China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards, 2021
  • 93pts, Guia Peñin, 2021
  • 93pts, Tasted 100% Blind, Andreas Larsson, 2021
  • Gold, Berliner Wine Trophy, 2021
  • Gold, Premios Vinduero-Vindouro, 2021
  • 93pts, James Suckling, Spain Tasting Report, 2021
  • Gold, Concours International de Lyon, 2021
  • Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA), 2021
  • Grand Gold, Asia Wine Trophy, 2021
  • 94pts, James Suckling Top 100 Wines of Spain, 2021
  • 93pts, Guía de vinos ADN Verema, 2022
  • 93pts, Guía de vinos ADN Verema, 2022

Six Golds, plus four top scores, including 93 Points from Spain's Top Sommelier, this is a stunning, rare Rioja. It’s made purely from the region’s superb Graciano grape. Very low-yield, tiny berries, aged in new oak, it's layered with complexity.

Six Golds, plus four top scores, including 93 Points from Spain's Top Sommelier, this is a stunning, rare Rioja. It’s made purely from the region’s superb Graciano grape. Very low-yield, tiny berries, aged in new oak, it's layered with complexity.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Powerful, silky, yet fresh, with red fruits, hints of spice, length

Aroma

Floral lift, with red berry fruit, a balsamic and mineral note, spice

Altos R Pigeage Graciano 2018

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.

"Herbaceous and peppery spiciness with wild berries, floral notes and discreet oak. Peppery spiciness" Andreas Larsson, 93pts
World's Top Sommelier
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