Bodegas Muga, Conde de Haro Brut Rosé, Rioja, Spain, 2016 through Merchant of Wine.

Bodegas Muga, Conde de Haro Brut Rosé Cava, Rioja, Spain, 2016

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Overview of the Wine
Bodegas Muga is a family firm founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño. The first wines were made in an underground cellar, until in 1968 they decided to set up their own winery in a beautiful old 19th-century town-house situated in the city of Haro. The Bodegas Muga outstanding feature is that it always uses the finest materials, combining tradition with the latest advances in winemaking so as always to give its wines the very best quality without losing authenticity. Indeed, it is the only wine cellar in Spain which employs its own master cooper and coopers, who make all the vats for the cellar as well as the oak casks. The winery remains true to traditional winemaking methods such as racking the casks by gravity and fining the wine with fresh egg whites. Bodegas Muga has succeeded in combining the purest family tradition with an updated vision of the future which has allowed them to preserve their own personality and character.

Grape / Blend
Garnacha

Origin
Rioja, Spain

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Bright, pale salmon-pink colour thanks to the Garnacha grape. The slow fermentation process gives the cava a delicate string of fine bubbles which are proof of its careful production process. A medium-high, complex aromatic intensity, with aromas of exotic fruit, citrus notes of grapefruit bringing fresh acidity, stone fruit like peaches and even a few reminders of the baker’s shop. A slightly sweet attack evolving into fresh, sharp acidity. A pleasant mouth-feel thanks to the finesse of the bubbles and the work with the lees during the riddling process. In the aftertaste, the aromatic complexity we found on the nose returns with outstanding fruit aromas. This is a long, persistent cava which is easy to drink, the unmistaka- ble signs of its fine quality.

94 Points - Ian Blackburn
Muga moves into bubbles and that means Spanish bubbles just got a little better.  This is a very high quality house and when they tackle a project, they put themselves at the top.  This wine is 100% Garnacha - and took my breath away.  This is very refined, very focused and very fine tuned.  The perlage and attack are that of a great Champagne.  The balance between the fresh strawberry and strawberry jam makes for a wonderful mouth and nose.  I think this is a great find at a nice price.   Color 14/15, Aroma 24/25, Body 23/25, Overall 33/35 - 94 points. 

93 Points - James Suckling
This is very fine-textured with very small bubbles. Light strawberry and peach. Medium-bodied with a lovely finish. Some peach at the end. Garnacha. About three years on the lees. Drink now.

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The sparkling rosé now carries the vintage on the label (thanks for listening!), and I tasted the 2016 Conde de Haro Brut Rosé, produced with Garnacha grapes from Najerilla/Cordovín. It fermented at low temperature to keep the primary aromas of the variety and was kept with lees for four months, hoping the wine would put on some more weight before putting it to referment in bottle, where it was kept with lees for 36 months, always keeping it at low temperature, which produces smaller bubbles. It's pale and subtle and has more yeasty/toasty/leesy notes than the white, having had more time in contact with the lees in bottle. It's elegant, and within its young profile, it has some complexity and reveals nuances of red fruit and spices. The palate is terribly tasty, dry and with some chalky feelings; it's clean, long and persistent, really very good, the finest I have tasted to date. 25,560 bottles produced. The next vintage of this wine will be 2018. In 2017, with the short crop, they used the grapes for the still rosé.


Product Size: 750ml

 

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