Macán es una mirada moderna y muy personal a los vinos de alta expresión y máxima calidad de la D.O. Ca. Rioja. Es una apuesta por la finura, la elegancia, la complejidad y la potencia, y constituye el estandarte de Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, el proyecto iniciado por Tempos Vega Sicilia y la Compañía Vinícola Edmond de Rothschild en 2004. 2009 fue la primera añada lanzada al mercado y este Macán 2017 corrobora el trabajo realizado durante estos años, más aún si cabe en una añada realmente desafiante por la gran helada caída en Rioja a finales de abril. Una circunstancia que hace valorar la maestría de la casa y este gran tinto con raza, frescura, y profundidad.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
Not quite at the same level of concentration as the 2016, but given the vicissitudes of the vintage this is still an impressive new release from the Vega Sicilia team. Elegant, polished and crafted, it confirms the move away from extraction and concentration since 2015, showing fine-grained tannins, thyme and rosemary aromas and a fresh, mineral core. 2022-29.
A famously difficult year in Rioja with frost and hail, as well as some botrytis. However Macán shows plenty of promise with dark damson fruit, very fine tannin and well managed oak. Definitely an encouraging progression from the first vintage (launched in 2009) with a much clearer expression of the terroir and more elegant oak. At 16 months, it spends four months longer in oak than Macán Clásico. The ageing in French oak is now divided between foudres and barriques. Drinking Window 2022-2029.
2017 was a very challenging year, as most of their vineyards in San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Rioja were affected by frost, unlike others in nearby Laguardia. Not only was it frost, but they also had hail later on in the season. Quantities suffered—they told me they lost 70% of the crop in Rioja that year—but they were happy about the quality of the 2017 Macán, being very careful with the fermentation and separating the press wine by quality. The 4,000-liter oak foudres helped to polish the tannins, and they used 50% new barrels. The élevage lasted 16 moths. It's a little riper than the Clásico from 2018 that I tasted next to it, with a little more alcohol (14.5%) and mellow acidity. It's clearly a weaker vintage, and the wine shows it: the fruit is a little ripe and shows some tiredness, like it's evolving at a faster pace. It has abundant, slightly rustic tannins. 40,400 bottles, 2,566 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in September 2019. Quantities reflect the low yields.
Aromas of ripe berries, spice and dried flowers with some licorice and meat. Full-bodied with round, rich tannins that are slightly chewy now. Yet, the wine shows lots of ripeness from the vintage, as well as length. Drink or hold.