Valbuena 5° 2012
95 points, “It has depth and elegance…” – Wine Advocate
This vintage of Vega Sicilia’s Valbuena 5° is something a little different. Although it’s often described as pure expression of Tempranillo, there’s often a little Merlot or maybe even some Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon sneaked in there. However, in 2012 it was actually bottled as a 100% Tempranillo. 2012 was a hotter vintage, ratcheting up the power and ripeness of this wine. It’s juicy, rounded and bursting with vanilla, desiccated coconut, rolling tobacco, cedar, Chambord, liquorice, praline, mocha, fresh flowers and something slightly roasted. We recommend serving this vintage alongside pink lamb chops with tapenade, carpaccio, strong cheese soufflé, steak tartare, roasted aubergine, jambalaya or goulash.
Established in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, Vega Sicilia has been the apogee of Spanish wine for more than a century. It’s the county’s First Growth; Hugh Johnson compares it to Château Latour and Michael Broadbent MW likens it to Château Lafite, meanwhile Jancis Robinson draws comparison with Pomerol and Robert Parker calls it simply “the most prestigious wine estate in Spain”. The estate’s low-yielding old vines – some of which are more than 100 years old – produce perennially high-scoring reds.
Único, which is aged for 10 years before release, is the flagship wine of Ribera del Duero’s Vega Sicilia and many would say of Spain itself. Valbuena 5° comes from younger vines and is aged for 5 years before release. Although many consider it the second wine, for the estate it is a separate entity representing the village of Valbuena where it’s made. However, you view it, Valbuena 5° is a wonderful window into this illustrious estate.
£16.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2493359
Style No.: 629504
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