That magic combination of wine and food is one of life’s great pleasures. At Bresson we are always looking for wines to showcase for our customers and this week we have a special event on Thursday 7th June from the iconic bodega of Marqués de Riscal.
Founded in 1858 by Camilo Hurtado de Amézaga, Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja. Its history is based on two fundamental values; tradition and innovation. These two concepts have allowed it to achieve exceptional levels of quality, making its wines something unique. Their Reserva is a Rioja classic that sets a benchmark for the entire region. Today, Marqués de Riscal continues to make history with its outstanding City of Wine, an ambitious project designed to connect the modern world with its rich heritage in winemaking.
On Thursday 7th June Bresson will be hosting a dinner for Javier Ybañez Creus, the Export and Sales Manager for Marqués de Riscal. On the evening he will have eight wines (four white & four red) which showcase the breadth of their wine making skills. Javier will be available to chat to anyone who’d like to drink the wine and find out more about its maker.
Many of you will be familiar with the Marqués de Riscal’s most commercial wines, the white Rueda and benchmark Rioja. On Thursday, and there after until stocks last, we will have a limited selection of some of the bodegas’ less well-known wines for purchase. Here is the list and some tasting notes.
Greenish, straw-yellow colour. On the nose it reveals its intense varietal character with the classic aniseed and fennel aromas of the verdejo grape. A fresh attack with good backbone and length, as well as a certain mineral character which clearly reflects the Rueda terroir.
This wine pairs well with fish, shellfish, ham, pasta dishes, chicken and coldmeat.
Pale yellow colour with greenish glints. A very complex nose with hints of fresh grass over a mineral base which gives the wine personality, and abundant fresh fruit such as citrus fruits, pineapple or melon. It leaves a fresh, aromatic taste in the mouth and has a clean, long finish.
This wine goes perfectly with all kinds of seafood and pasta dishes. Ideal as an aperitif.
Greenish-yellow colour. The nose has a marked Verdejo varietal aroma with medium intensity and hints of fennel, herbs, white blossom, pear and peach. It has a fresh, unctuous, very smooth mouth-feel, with a long, round finish. Its good acidity together with a period of ageing on its finest lees helps to keep its fresh taste longer and preserves all its aromatic complexity. This wine does not aim to impress with a powerful nose, but rather reveals a more elegant, complex varietal character. These are wines which can still be enjoyed even 24-30 months after the harvest.
This wine is a good match for fish, shellfish, white meat, ham, pasta, chicken or cold meat.
Very old vines more than 100 years in age, ungrafted, on pre-phylloxera stocks from the Aldeanueva del Codonal and Aldehuela districts, goblet pruned.
The wine obtained has a dense mouth-feel, long and full of flavours. Its natural acidity, thanks to the altitude of the plots, some of them at 900 metres, ensures it will continue to develop well in the bottle
This wine pairs well with fish in sauce, white meat, roast lamb, cheese, grilled vegetables and pulse dishes.
Cherry red with good depth of colour and few signs of evolution. Intense nose, with hints of dark fruit, spices and slight toasted nuances. Elegant on the palate with good structure, round, long with a fresh, fruity finish.
Tempranillo / Graciano
This wine pairs well with all kinds of meat recipes: grills, roasts, in a mushroom casserole, or with spicy sauces… It is the perfect match for free-range chicken and pullet casserole. It can also be paired with stronger-flavoured fish dishes with lots of flavour and aromas, such as sea bream or cod in tomato and red pepper sauce. It is also ideal to accompany red tuna fish.
Deep black-cherry colour, almost opaque. Very elegant, complex nose, with aromas of black fruit and lots of spice. It is smooth and round in the mouth, with tannins whch are firm, yet silky and very sweet and which envelop the whole palate. The finish is long, lingering, fresh and balanced with a hint of fine elegant tannins.
Tempranillo / Graciano / Mazuelo
This wine goes well with ham, mature cheeses, red meat, all kinds of roast meat and game casseroles.
Marqués de Riscal 150 Aniversario 2010 is a wine with a very deep, dark cherry colour. It has a complex, toasted, balsamic aroma with spicy notes of black pepper and cinnamon. Oily mouth-feel, with good structure and great concentration of tannins, round, with a long, silky-smooth finish.
Tempranillo 88% / Others 12%
This wine pairs well with ham, mature cheeses, red meat, all kinds of roasts and grills and game casseroles.
Barón de Chirel wine first appeared in 1986 as the result of experimental production using a selection of grapes from very old vines, between 80 and 110 years’ old, with a very low yield and high quality.
A dark cherry colour, lively with few signs of evolution. High aromatic intensity in which the toasted and spicy aromas from the French oak predominate, together with ripe, dark-berried fruit. In the mouth, it is fresh and smooth with soft, polished tannins in which the wood is not too intrusive. Complex and elegant with a long, balanced finish.
This wine goes well with ham and mature cheeses, red meat, poultry, game casseroles, such as partridge, rabbit, venison, boar or deer, even when accompanied by spicy sauces.