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Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja 2018

Rioja DOCa

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  • Gold, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2021
  • 89pts, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2021
  • Gold, China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards, 2021
  • Gold, Concurso Mundial de Tempranillos, 2021
  • Gold, Concurso TopWine, 2021

Over the last two vintages this Crianza has won Trophy for 'Best Red over £10' plus four Golds. It's from Haut-Brion trained winemaker, Jean Marc Sauboua, at his bodega in the sky, Altos. Silky, elegant with ripe fruit, violets and gentle spice.

Over the last two vintages this Crianza has won Trophy for 'Best Red over £10' plus four Golds. It's from Haut-Brion trained winemaker, Jean Marc Sauboua, at his bodega in the sky, Altos. Silky, elegant with ripe fruit, violets and gentle spice.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Tangy cherry fruit, dark chocolate and violet edge, silky tannins

Aroma

Blueberry, cherry, dark chocolate and violet cream

Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja 2018

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  • 14.5% ABV
  • 10.88 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2027

Bordeaux-born Jean-Marc Sauboua has been our Trophy winning winemaker at Château La Clarière for many vintages. In 2006, he decided to start a winery of his own and, with Spanish blood, decided Rioja was his destination. His aim: to make a Grand Cru of Rioja. He has no vineyards, but works with the same growers he has since the start. The mature vines lie above 700 metres, the highest in all Rioja, to ensure an elegant, modern wine style. He's won 125 Golds since 2006, as well as Trophies for Winery of the Year, Rioja of the Year and Best Spanish red over £10. 2018 was classed a 'good' vintage. High up in Elvillar, where Altos lies, it's always cool, so ripening is slow and wines are fresh. Aged a year in oak, this is a silky, elegant red.

"Delicious violets and lavender with dark plums and treacle tart. Very fresh with tangy acidity" James Suckling, Critic
For the 2016 vintage
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