Enologist: Jaime de
Grapes: 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano
Made with a “coupage” (blend) of 90% Tempranillo
and 10% Graciano grapes from our best vineyards.
Low-temperature fermentation and 24-month ageing
in selected French (60%) and American (40%) oak
casks. Bottled in March 2007.
Cherry red with a medium-high layer, with
garnet shades at the edge of the glass. Clean
and translucent. Ripe red fruits (morello and
black cherries) enveloped in natural coffee and
chocolate notes. Hints of spices such as black
pepper and ginger. Nuances of fine woods.
Complex and very spicy. Mild on entry. While
moving over the tongue potent, meaty, enveloping
and complex. Long, elegant finish. In the
aftertaste nuances of red fruits, chocolate and
spices emerge. Very well balanced between
acidity, tannins and alcohol. Importers
dates back to the second half of the 19th century,
when Francisco Javier Solano y Eulate, the
de la Solana' and owner of a large area of vineyards
in Villabuena, decided, on the advice of the famous
oenologist from Bordeaux, Msr. Pineau, to begin
making and aging his wines according to methods
imported from Médoc and to start selling them in
bottles, after aging, under the label 'Marqués de la
enlargement of the bodega’s underground ‘calados’
or caves, the importation of the first wine-making
machinery and the introduction of oak casks from
Bordeaux, the wines started to win major awards such
as the silver medal at the Logroño Exhibition in
1898 and the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition
in Barcelona in 1929.
On the death of
the Marquis, his property was inherited by his
daughters, Mª Teresa and María Solano
(grandmother of the current owners), who changed the
name of the bodega to Bodegas de Crianza S.M.S. (the
abbreviation of the family surnames).
Nowadays, the bodega, which changed its name once
again in 1996 to Viñedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa,
continues to be a family firm and is owned by Juan
Pablo de Simón and his brothers, while the next
generation, Pablo and Jaime de Simón (Juan Pablo’s
sons) are preparing to take over the running of the
company in the future.