Marqués de Riscal wine is one of Spanish wine’s best-known exports. One of the oldest wineries in Rioja, its history dates back to 1858. Since then, the bodega has gone from strength to strength, developing into a world class wine tourism destination, complete with its own designer hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant. Alongside Muga, Faustino and Marqués de Caceres, Marqués de Riscal has done a lot for the reputation of Rioja wine worldwide.
It was wine that made the Marqués de Riscal name, however, and the company has not lost sight of that. Whether it’s Rioja or Rueda, there’s a Marqués de Riscal wine to suit every palate and budget. There was a lot to consider when picking our favourite Marqués de Riscal wine. There’s a lot of choice. There’s the classic, forever reliable Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva, the fun and fruity Rioja Rosé or the ultra luxury, limited edition Marqués de Riscal Frank Gehry Selection 2001.
Everyone’s got their favourites, and we’re no different. After tasting our way through the whole Riscal range, we settled on Barón De Chirel 2006. We’ve picked our top Marqués de Riscal wine, and we’re now asking the question…
Is Barón de Chirel the best Marqués de Riscal wine ever?
For the uninitiated, Barón de Chirel is the first “signature wine” in the Riscal collection, originally launched in 1986. The wine came about as an experiment involving the use of exceptionally old vines. These vines, aged between 80 and 110 years, give very low yields. This leads to very rich, concentrated and high-quality wine.
Alcohol content: 13,5%
Serve between 14ºC and 18ºC
Optimal consumption period: 2006-2017
We recommend to decant the wine 1 hour before serving
Best served in Tempranillo Glass
Pairing: Beef, Game Animals, Grilled Red Meats, Roasts, Stews.
Why is Barón de Chirel the best Marqués de Riscal wine?
Of course, wine is subjective. Wine lovers may share a passion for wine, but individual tastes and preferences differ widely. Calling one wine “better” than another is not always useful, because things are more complicated than that. If there were a formula for the best red wine in the world, we’d all be making them. There are so many variables at work, from the food you eat with it, to the people you share it with. There are a few individual factors that can come together to indicate quality, though, and Barón de Chirel 2006 has got them in spades!
For a start, this has some seriously strong critics’ scores behind it. With 96 points from Guía Proensa and 92 each from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Guía Peñín, there is clearly some consensus among experts that this is the real deal.
Granted, this is not the cheapest Marqués de Riscal wine you’ll find. However, it’s a huge step up in quality from the entry-level wines, and can contend with some other wines in the portfolio that are considerably more expensive. This isn’t an everyday wine, but it offers top-shelf quality at a relatively more affordable price than you’d expect!
In a nutshell, this is just a great wine. It’s got a deep, dark colour and huge aromatics of spice and fruit. Taste it, and you’ll appreciate that this is something special. It’s complex with fruit and well-integrated tannin, and a lingering finish that’s not going anywhere fast.
What’s your favourite Marqués de Riscal wine?