In the 1960s, Azpilicueta merged with two other Rioja wineries to form Bodegas AGE. Their Siglo Rioja, wrapped in a coarse sack-like fabric, was a cult hit with wine lovers – you can still see examples from the 50s and 60s for sale today. Bodegas AGE was then purchased by Domeq Bodega, then taken over by Pernod Ricard … and today is owned by the Manzanos family. Phew!
As you are probably aware, we’re very good friends with the Manzanos family (we’ve been buying their wonderful wine for years), and when they wanted to release their treasure trove of 2009 Siglo Gran Reserva Rioja, they knew exactly who they should call! Our buyer Beth snapped it up – and now you have access to this very fine luxury Gran Reserva … and all its incredible history as well.
Winner of FIVE medals including 93pts and Gold from the Berliner Wine Trophy, it’s a lavish blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano which spent 36 months in both French and American oak, and a further seven years in bottle. Beautiful spice and floral aromas open up to a velvety palate of red berries and fruit pastille characters, with a delicious vanilla note.