Baron de Ley Rioja Gran Reserva (750ml)
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Barón de Ley is a winery located in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Rioja a privileged terroir to farm and craft premium quality wines.Housed in a centuries-old monastery, where the monks made wine more than 500 years ago, Barón de Ley was founded in 1985 as a ground-breaking project in DOCa Rioja: a vineyard-focused winery inspired by the Médoc châteaux. It models its approach on the French concept of “château” where the grapes are sourced from the property’s own vineyards rather than sourcing the grapes from contract growers as was typical of this area. They own more than 600 hectares of vineyard in different Rioja subregions, which guarantee top-quality wines with personality and where they can capitalise on the different locations, micro-climates, soils and grape varieties Rioja has to offer.
Barón de Ley takes manual harvest to new heights through a combination of hand-harvesting and hand-sorting of 1.8 million kg of grape every vintage, an impressive milestone in Rioja.
This Gran Reserva is an attractive ruby colour, starting to show an orange hue at the rim; a sign of its noble ageing. Remarkable aromatic intensity on the nose, displaying a bouquet of ripe fruits and raisins integrated with a toasted and balsamic character. After some time in the glass these aromas evolve towards tea, spice and tobacco. The mouthfeel is soft with round, with silky tannins all while maintaining a lively freshness and finishing with a pleasing toastiness combined with lots of fruit. A layered, complex and truly elegant wine.
The wine is made up mostly of Tempranillo (90%), the grapes are harvested by hand in small cases, then destemmed before passing to the stainless steel fermentation vats. Temperature controlled fermentation at around 30C, with daily remontages followed by a 10 day maceration makes for optimum balance between colour, structure extraction and round approachable tannins. As per tradition, the wine ages for 24 months in new French and American oak casks, then rests in bottle for more than 5 years before release. This extensive ageing contributes to the wines overall aromatic balance and structural complexity.