Altos R Pigeage Graciano
$74.00

Altos R Pigeage Graciano

A new import by Wineseeker.

Eight Golds, plus eight top scores, including 96 Points from Spain's Top Sommeliers, this is a stunning, very rare Rioja. It’s made purely from the region’s superb Graciano grape. Very low yield tiny berries, long aged in new oak, this is sublime.

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.

Tasting Note

Aromas of crushed pepper, exotic berry fruit, tobacco and spice box. Palate continues the peppery spice, dense juicy fruit, textured tannins, great length

"Fragrant and spicy nose offering smoke, crushed pepper, clove, ginger and ripe red berries. Dense" Andreas Larsson, World's Top Sommelier - 93 Points

Reviews

James Suckling - 93 Points

Decanter - 91 Points

Tim Atkin - 92 Points

Gold, Berliner Wine Trophy

 

Region
  • Spain
  • Spain - Rioja
Style
  • Red Wine
Varietal
  • Graciano

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James Suckling - 93 Points

Decanter - 91 Points

Tim Atkin - 92 Points

Gold, Berliner Wine Trophy