XR by Marqués de Riscal

At Marqués de Riscal, there used to be “winemaker’s wines” among its Historic Reservas, such as the Reserva Medoc and the XR, which never became commercial names. In the tradition of the Bordeaux cellarmasters, the enologist used to mark some of the barrels in chalk with the letters XR, on having found some special characteristics which were not present in others. This XR was never marketed, but it was always a point of reference for the master winemaker. This custom lasted for almost a century, between the harvests of 1869 and 1964. Marqués de Riscal XR pays tribute to all the master winemakers who, from Jean Pineau to the present day, have helped to forge a part of the great history of Spanish wine in Marqués de Riscal.

Ratings & Reviews

2017
D
96
JS
94
TA
92
XR by Marqués de Riscal Bottle Image

Tasting Notes

Very deep, cherry red colour with a vivid hue at the rim. As with good Bordeaux wines, it is somewhat closed to begin with. Smoked, spicy aromas (nutmeg, cinnamon) appear, with black liquorice, ripe red and black fruits (blueberries, blackcurrants) and balsamic notes, with very good intensity. Perfectly integrated oak. There is tension on the palate, great youthfulness and an outstanding creamy texture that fills the mouth. The tannins are lively, polished and very fi ne. Broad and long, meaty and structured, but elegant with great freshness and fruit on the finish. Drink now and/or lay down. Power and pleasure.

Color

Very deep, cherry red colour with a vivid hue at the rim

Aroma

Smoked, spicy aromas (nutmeg, cinnamon) appear, with black liquorice, ripe red and black fruits (blueberries, blackcurrants) and balsamic notes, with very good intensity

Palate

There is tension on the palate, great youthfulness and an outstanding creamy texture that fills the mouth

Pulses, poultry, lamb chops, sweetbreads, stews, roasts, grilled or barbecued meat

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