Probably the most exciting release and buying opportunity we’ve had the privilege to present in our 13 years in business.
Bodegas Corral is the winery behind Don Jacobo, the Rioja wines a lot of you are familiar with from the last year or so since we started importing and distributing them. The winery was established in 1898 and remains in the Corral family hands to this day. In 1974, the family built a new winery in the village of Navarrete and named it ‘Don Jacobo’ in honour of its position on the famous pilgrimage route the ‘Ruta Jacobea’ (Way of St. James) or Camino de Santiago. They remain the only winery in Rioja to sit right on the world heritage trail.
To celebrate the upcoming 50 years of the ‘new’ winery in Navarrete, the family have released four rare vintages from the 1970s, Gran Reserva wines that have lain untouched for decades in the winery cellars since bottling. Made traditionally and evocative of a different era, these fully mature wines defy their age and show great charm and character, each bottle being a piece of living history.
We’ve tried them, they’re exceptional, surprising in how much fruit remains but extraordinary in the complex savoury, woody, earthy, nutty characters that only 40-50 years ageing can impart. They provide a quite unique tasting experience.
This is a rare opportunity to own bottles of long aged Rioja and the perfect gift for anyone turning 50 in the next few years.
We have all four vintages, presented with a celebration label in single or three bottle branded wooden presentation cases, available while stocks last.