21 Year Old Gran Reserva ONLY £22.99
Very rarely do wines like this come along. Yes Gran Reserva Rioja is not exactly a rarity but one with twenty one years of bottle age can either be rather top heavy on price, or found tucked at the back of wine rack from a vintage that at best is ten years too old.
So when we found a pristine parcel of 2001 Gran Reserva that had been carefully stored at the winery in Rioja we crossed our fingers that the wine had held up.
As soon as we saw that classic tawny colour and the intense aroma’s of dried fruit, liquorice, cocoa and coffee jump out of the glass. When we sipped on the silky tannins – full bodied and delicate, we felt a little crestfallen. A wine of this age and quality was going to be £50 a bottle and destined for the instagram.
So when Alex who represents Finca Manzanos in the UK told us, that the aim of the winery was to showcase the potential of their wines with this particular vintage and therefore they would sell the 2001 as if it was their current vintage – We took the bait hook line a sinker.
If you are looking for a show stopping wine. Perhaps you’ve had or have a 21st anniversary this year. Then I urge you to grab a six pack. As soon as word gets around about this parcel it will sell out and like all the great wines, it can never be repeated.