Bodegas LAN’s motivation to expand into other regions in Spain led to the Marqués de Burgos project in Ribera de Duero. After a thorough search within the appellation, the village of Quintana del Pidio was selected as the source of the grapes, as it has a high proportion of old, gnarled vines. These ancient vines produce very low yields (around three tonnes per hectare), giving rise to wines with concentration, intense colour and smooth tannins.
The vineyard is in the province of Burgos, in the area of La Horra, La Aguilera and Quintana del Pidio. Situated at an altitude of 700 metres above sea level, the vines have been traditionally Gobelet trained for more than 30 years. The continental climate, with very warm summers, allow the grapes to easily reach excellent ripeness levels during the growing season.
A mild winter, followed by a rainy spring, increased ground reserves of water, and budding took place later than usual. A hot, dry August and September saw grapes ripen fully, with rains in September and October.
The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 25°C in order to obtain maximum concentrations of primary fruit. The wine was then aged for eight months in oak barrels (70% from the American Appalachian mountains, 30% French). This was followed by 10 months of bottle ageing prior to release.
This wine is intense cherry in colour, with purple hues. Flavours of wild berries and a hint of violets provide perfume on the nose. On the palate, there are prominent notes of liquorice, which is very typical of this grape variety, along with touches of cocoa and vanilla on the long finish.