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BOD. BENJ. DE ROTHSCHILD & VEGA-SICILIA SA (MACAN) - Press reviews


    • Wine Enthusiast

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN
      Wine Enthusiast (2016): 94

      Right away, this comes across as a wine that's on the money. Pure concentrated aromas of blackberry, licorice and lemony oak introduce and intense palate with baked blackberry and cassis flavors. A toasty dark spicy finish exhibits notes of coffee and bitter chocolate as it slowly fades away. Drink through 2025.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN
      International Wine Cellar (2015): 94

      Deep ruby with a bright rim. Explosive, seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry compote, floral oils and vanilla, along with hints of mocha, licorice and woodsmoke. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense blackberry and violet pastille flavors and a touch of allspice. Distinctly rich yet lively as well, finishing with strong thrust, well-integrated tannins and superb spice-driven persistence. Seventy percent new French oak barriques were used for this wine, which is a joint project of the famed Vega Sicilia bodega in Ribera del Duero and Benjamin de Rothschild, of that family in Bordeaux that some may have heard of. - Josh Raynolds 2019 - 2025

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN CLASICO
      Wine Enthusiast (2016): 93

      Leather, dried cheese, wood grain, blackberry and cassis aromas make for a ripe attractive modern bouquet. This is mouthfilling, with full but controlled tannins. Baked blackberry, chocolate and mocha flavors come with bacon and hickory notes prior to a smooth finish. Drink through 2022.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN CLASICO
      International Wine Cellar (2015): 92

      Vivid ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cherry compote, vanilla and incense, with a mineral quality adding vibrancy. Sappy, seamless and broad on entry, then tightens up slowly in the middle, offering sweet blackberry and floral pastille flavors and a suggestion of mocha. Lingers with impressive tenacity on the fruit-driven finish, which is framed by fine-grained tannins that come up late. - Josh Raynolds 2018 - 2023.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2010 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN CLASICO
      Wine Enthusiast (2010): 93

      Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia SA 2010 Macán Clásico (Rioja). Leather, dried cheese, wood grain, blackberry and cassis aromas make for a ripe attractive modern bouquet. This is mouthfilling, with full but controlled tannins. Baked blackberry, chocolate and mocha flavors come with bacon and hickory notes prior to a smooth finish. Drink through 2022. Europvin USA. Editors’ Choice. - M.S. abv: 14.5% Price: $55

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN
      Wine Enthusiast (2015): 93

      This wine is early, heavyset and reflective of a hot vintage. On the palate, this is ripe and chewy, with almost syrupy weight. Showing notes of robust dark chocolate, with a mix of oak, fruit and tobacco flavors, this inaugural wine from Benjamin de Rothschild and Vega Sicilia is broad, but also full of complexities. Drink through 2024.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN
      Wine Spectator (2014): 88

      The black cherry and plum flavors are supported by savory notes of soy, tobacco and smoke in this red. Features a firm, balanced structure that gives way to a spicy finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 94

      Opaque ruby. A heady, complex bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, candied licorice, vanilla and incense, with a zesty mineral note adding vibrancy. Broad, sappy and precise, offering sweet blackberry and violet pastille flavors along with hints of mocha and spicecake. Rich and ample in the style of the vintage, but shows superb energy as well. Finishes sweet, velvety and extremely long, with lingering smokiness and supple, fully integrated tannins. This new project is a partnership between Vega Sicilia and Benjamin de Rothschild, whose branch of that family owns numerous non-Pauillac Bordeaux properties.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN
      The Wine Advocate (2013): 93

      The 2009 Macan has aromas of black rather than red fruit, ripe and intense blackberries with some floral notes developing with time. Dense with licorice and some prune flavors, it is spicy and balsamic as well as tighter and more backward. They told me they don't like green aromas, but they also dislike notes of liqueur. Concentrated but managing to keep the freshness, it is a clean, powerful and modern red in need of a little bottle aging to polish its tannins. It will be fascinating to see how these wines develop in bottle, and how the Rioja character, the vineyards, come through with time. 40,000 bottles produced. Drink 2016-2025.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN CLASICO
      Wine Spectator (2014): 90

      This solid red shows a firm structure and a thick texture, but remains focused, with plum, tobacco, smoke and spice flavors. Savory and harmonious. Best from 2015 through 2022. 2,300 cases made. Thomas Matthews

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN CLASICO
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 92

      Vivid ruby. Sexy, smoke-tinged red fruits and flowers on the perfumed nose. Supple and open-knit, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen with air. Hints of allspice, vanilla and anise come up on the clinging finish, which is framed by supple, slow-building tannins. This suave wine shows very good freshness and verve for this hot vintage.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 rioja (tinto) doq MACAN CLASICO
      The Wine Advocate (2013): 92

      The 2009 Macan Clasico is the second wine in the Bordeaux sense, even though the name might be rather confusing and some people might think this is the superior cuvee. It's clearly a more accessible wine than its sibling, and that's intentional. Bright ruby-colored, with some red fruit and lactic notes complemented by licorice, spices, smoke, coffee, vanilla, balsamic, smoked meat, sweet fruit, and chocolate. Elegant and harmonious, it is medium-bodied with balanced acidity and good length. It's quite approachable and pleasant to drink with some fine tannins. 27,000 bottles produced. Drink 2014-2021.