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Marques de Legarda Abalos Rioja Spain, 1920, 750

Marques de Legarda Abalos Rioja Spain, 1920, 750

$ 328.00

Marques de Legarda Abalos Rioja Spain, 1920, 750

Circa 140 bottles of this wine were unearthed in the winery in 2011. This is the oldest winery in all of Rioja and they make classic old school Rioja style wines. The winery has a history of wine making going back to the 14th century.
Impeccable provenance for bottles of 1920 wine coming directly from the winery. The winery tested the wines and re-bottled them with fresh corks. The importer had a chance to try a bottle before bringing it over and I just tried one. We concur, it is and old wine but overall amazing given its age.  A very rare opportunity. As a long time wine professional. I have never been offered something like this. It is likely it will never happen again but, one can dream.

From my tasting 02/24/17
Bricky color with with a touch of orange at the edges
Cigar box, saddle leather, earth, sage, violet, lavender, mint, eucalyptus, Earl Grey tea, cherry, strawberry, toasted orange zest, sassafras root, sandalwood, linen, clove, spice cake and and a touch of briny minerality.
Very soft and elegant on the palate with a long linear delivery on the finish, acidity is still quite lively 20-30 second finish.

If you decide to properly cellar the wine it will likely be fine for another 20 years, but I don't know why you would wait that long. Buy it, invite special friends, have with filet or rack of lamb.

Translated from the winery, original Spanish below:

Wine: Marqués de Legarda 1920
Winery: Bodegas de la Real Divisa (Ábalos, La Rioja)
Denomination of Origin / Area: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Varieties: tempranillo, mazuelo, graciano, garnacha

Elaboration: Manual harvesting in own vineyards and small producers near the municipality of Ábalos, in the Rioja Alta. It remains between 24 and 36 months in tinos of old wood of great capacity in which it realizes the fermentations and it rests before being transferred for its later aging. Subjected to two racking between tinos to make the first filtered by gravity. The wine is grown in 225-liter oak barrels in which it remains approximately 5 years. Two annual racks per year, from barrel to barrel. Turned back to used foudres of American oak of various capacities (225-400-600 liters) in which it remains for a minimum of 270 months, something more than 22 years. Bottled according to demand directly from the barrel, unfiltered.

Tasting note: Copper-colored ruby ​​with a medium-low layer, very clear, translucent, bright, limpid but with a very precipitate in the base of the bottle. Remember a claret with 50 years less ... Reflections reddish and amber, refulgent. Ribete broad, fleshed, little tinted compared to the meniscus.

Fine, very fine, of a profound reductive character but not at all old and without the slightest hint of ailments by age. Aromas of good intensity. It dominates a perfume amizclado, animal, with a ground point and sweet that remembers the amber. The rest is of noble character, to the best leather, to mats and smokers' room, cigar cellar, old furniture, cabinetmaking, tung oil ... Delicate, elegant not to be able. When you breathe out a concentrated bottom of clot and fruit passes that tells us about his long stay in bottle. Still it does not look like a wine at this age.

In the mouth it maintains a very light entry, silky, caressing, giving an accent of luxurious woods and vanilla. Joyous, spherical, of an absolute balance. It maintains a tinkling of acidity that has been incorporated into the whole and amplifies it in an elegant way. Nothing heavy, fresh, straighter than broad, very serious. Another example of the great wines that were made in Rioja 100 years ago, from a theoretically smaller cellar, and that are capable of defying the passage of time. How many current wines will surpass the 2100 barrier in this way?

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