Corral Rioja Gran Reserva 1973

78.00

Description

To celebrate the upcoming 50 years of the ‘new’ Don Jacobo winery in Navarrete, the Corral 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.

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.

A rare and intriguing Gran Reserva from a very limited bottling, this 1973 vintage was the last to be made by the Corral family in Sojeula village. Aged for at least 36 months in oak before bottling. A traditional blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan).

In presentation wooden gift box.

Historical background
In an unsteady world, the Corral family raised funds to build a new winery and choose a site next to the ancient pilgrimage route of ‘St. James’ Way’ at Navarrete in Rioja Alta. Political unrest in Spain dominated the headlines. 1973 was also the year of the global oil crisis, ‘Watergate’, US troops withdrew from Vietnam, the Sydney Opera house opened and music legends Pink Floyd released ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

Tasting notes
As with many wines of this age, faded brick red in colour. When initially opened it gives little sign of its maturity on the nose. Within a few minutes the aromas open and over a short time develop a range of aromatics including, tobacco, stewed fruits, and late summer berries. The tannins are now very light, a medium length of flavour teases with an almost balsamic acidity has hints of dried fruits and leather. This rare and delicate Gran Reserva still captivates.

Rating
A vintage officially rated by the Consejo Regulador Rioja as ‘Good’. Described by Decanter Magazine as ‘a very mixed year. A few producers made good wines’, with 10% of total production becoming Gran Reserva.

Service and food pairing
Allow the wine to stand upright for several hours. Carefully open at time of serving it is better not to decant Rioja of this age. Pour carefully as the bottle will contain sediments. A perfect partner to slow roasted pork, venison or baked field mushrooms.

  • Aged, savoury, complex
  • 750ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork under wax seal
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Producer: Bodegas Corral (Don Jacobo)

Bodegas Corral was established in 1898 and remains in the Corral family hands to this day. The Don Jacobo brand that adorns most of winery's labels is named after the pilgrimage Way of St. James, or Camino de Santiago, with Corral the only winery in Rioja to sit right on the world heritage route.

Corral were early adopters to organic growing and, despite their modest size compared to some of the huge commercial producers in the region, have one of the largest holdings of organic vineyards in Rioja. By 2023 the entire vineyard holdings will be certified organic and all wines are already vegan certified. The philosophy is to sacrifice volume for quality and environmental harmony, to future proof the winery and vineyards, and make sure that the next generation of the family inherit something very special.

Vineyard plantings include indigenous varietals Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura, with increasing focus on rarer varietals such as Tempranillo Blanco, Graciano, Maturana Tinta and Blanco, and Garnacha Blanca.

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