Chateau Monbousquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Chateau Monbousquet
Marques de Murrieta
Established in 1852, Marques de Murrieta produce some of the finest Rioja wines around. Produced from grapes grown on their estate, the Grand Reserva gets 25 months in oak and a further three years in bottle before being released. Dark, inviting fruit and a beautiful array of spice and well-integrated oak dominate this seriously good wine, worth every penny.
Marques de Murrieta was established in 1852 with the vineyards located in the southernmost part of La Rioja Alta. With almost 300 hectares of vines, Marques de Murrieta is one of the oldest and most respected bodegas of Rioja. The extension of Ygay Estate makes Marques de Murrieta one of the few wineries in Spain to make wine from 100% of their own grapes, controlling them from vine and throughout the wine making process. Some of the grapes grown to produce red wines are Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monstrell, and for white wines the varieties include Viura.
Located in the between central Spain and the heart of the Basque country, Rioja has been one of Spain's hallmark wine producing regions for generations. Famous for its wines made from a blend of red grapes dominated by Tempranillo and Garnacha, or Grenache, modern incarnations of Rioja are bright and laden with red-fruit character, underpinned by sweet spice and vanilla. The Cantabrian mountains to the north of the region protect the vineyards from the harsh Atlantic-derived weather, and Rioja enjoys a warm, dry climate.
Most Rioja wines receive oak treatment, which gives them their signature vanilla and sweet spice flavours. The amount of time they age in oak defines their category. Rioja Joven wines receive little or no oak; while Rioja Crianza gets a minimum of one year in barrel followed by one year in bottle. Reserva wines get a year in oak and minimum two years in bottle while the region's finest wines, Rioja Gran Reserva, cannot be released until they have undergone five years ageing, two of which will be in oak.
Tempranillo is a variety of widely grown black grape, and is most famously used in the wines of Spain and Portugal. Nearly every red wine from Rioja and the Ribero del Duero uses Tempranillo as the heart of their blended wines, and in Portugal, as Tinto Roriz, it is a key component of the fortified Port blend. Tempranillo wines are ruby-red in colour, with notes of red-berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather, and herbs. The grape is also extensively grown in Argentina and Chile.
Full nose of red and dark fruits with hint of spicy oak. Full bodied and generous mellow fruit softening as it matures. Lovely finish and aftertaste of spicy fruit.
Wild boar ragout, in a rich tomato sauce on a bed of tagliatelle.