Marqués De Riscal Bar Chirel Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2013 - Merchant of Wine

Marqués De Riscal Bar Chirel Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2013

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Overview of the Wine
The Baron de Chirel from historic Rioja producer, Marqués de Riscal was first produced back in 1986 as an experimental wine using fruit from 40+ year old, low-yielding vines. Today, the Baron de Chirel is only made in exceptional years when the character of the vineyard, the soil and the variety are expressed as part of a single, harmonious whole.

Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in the wine producing sector. In 1858, it became the first winery in the Rioja to produce wines following the Bordeaux method and in 1972, it was the first winery to promote the Rueda Designation of Origin, where it produced its famous Marqués de Riscal white wines. Marqués de Riscal sells its products in over 70 countries and its wines have enjoyed the highest international distinctions as well as numerous awards and mentions in the media. Showcasing design, art, gastronomy, wine and the lush landscape all combine to create a memorable sojour…

The vision of Frank O. Gehry was to create a 21st century château, an icon for one of the oldest wineries in the Rioja region, Vinos de los Herederos de Marqués de Riscal that connect the historic legacy with the modern art and wine nature. The building is a composition of rectilinear prisms that float above the ground by three super columns that support the building. The building rises nine meters above the ground and crosses the underground wine store of Marqués de Riscal to support itself with the three super columns. This allows spectacular views in all levels, to see the vineyards, Elciego, and the mountains of the Sierra de Cantabria as a background. Everything is wrapped in cascades of titanium (Canopies) colored in pink, gold and silver symbolizing the reddish hues of red wine, the mesh of the wine bottle of Marqués de Riscal and the capsule of the bottle.

Grape / Blend

Rioja, Spain

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Fine oak helps an otherwise ripe and earthy nose. A rich saturated palate ranks as syrupy, while this Tempranillo-led blend tastes of coconut, chocolate mint and blackberry jam. While thick and stout throughout, this off-vintage wine always seems a bit flat. Drink through 2021. - Michael Schachner

93 Points - Ian Blackburn
This wine is a treasure for Rioja fans—deep, rich, 80-year-old vines and a plush expression of this single vineyard. A standout wine both inside and out with a beautiful package and a wine inside that will outlive us all. Bold, rich, concentrated, dense, layered, yet untamed, unbridled with unlimited potential for aging. A "foreverness" exists in this wine, profound and not perfect, but that is what I like about it, as it avoids "sameness". This is not a wine made from machines, it's a vineyard designated PAGO style artistic expression from one of the true leaders in Rioja. Having visited Riscal and having enjoyed the temple crafted by Frank Gehry, I love the story and I am proud to present this bottle. 


Jancis Robinson - Riscal Turns a Corner with Bar Chirel 

Product size: 750ml

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