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Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2019

Marqués de Riscal Reserva

A classic among classics

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production3,000,000 - 4,000,000 bottles

The wine

In each bottle of Marqués de Riscal Reserva there exists a history, in fact the history of La Rioja's oldest winery, and the one which was already conserving the largest number of bottles back in the 1920s, when no other bodega had started to store its wines. They were pioneers at Riscal in the production of modern wine back then, following the techniques employed in Bordeaux, and they continue today to be right out in front. Most definitely, an excellent winery.

The grapes used for producing this wine mainly come from vines of the Tempranillo variety, a grape which supports ageing in oak very well, thanks to its balanced acidity and fine tannicity. The small contributions of Graciano add freshness and a touch of colour to the blend. This appears to be the magic formula by which the Marqués de Riscal Reserva has established the norms of Riojan classicism, due to its freshness, finesse and its great elegance, as well as its excellent ageing potential and its huge versatility when serving with food.

What does this wine taste like?

Its beautiful colour, a fairly dark cherry, and its garnet shades on the rim don’t show too many signs of evolution. On the nose, it exudes aromas of spices (vanilla, pepper and cinnamon) and whiffs of leather, along with fruit (black plum skin) and cocoa. It soon also reveals fine toasty and sweet (coconut) hints, all perfectly integrated, thanks to the good concentration of ripe fruit. On the palate, it’s fine and elegant, with delicate, rounded tannins, a silky mouthfeel and just the right acidity. Altogether, it proves to be a wine of great smoothness, well defined and easy to drink. Its finish is long, balsamic (liquorice), lactic and a touch bitter.

Cherry red / Garnet rim
Spices / Leather / Fruit aromas / Cocoa / Toasty notes
Fine / Elegant / Fine tannins / Silky / Well-integrated acidity / Balsamic notes / Long finish

Drinking and storing

A careful decantation prior to drinking is highly recommended. Best served between 16º and 18º C. It can be kept for 6 to 8 years after its vintage year.

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

It works equally well with cheeses or cooked vegetables, neither too highly flavoured nor spicy. Roast poultry, grilled lamb, charcuterie and ham, and mushroom dishes are other splendid alternatives. We always aim for strong tasting dishes as well as mild ones, to suit the particular wine.

Poultry and white meats
Sausages and ham
Red meat

Grilled wild mushrooms / Roast lamb / Game birds

Ratings and awards

201794 PN93 SK
201693 PN
201593 PN16.5 SK
201492 PN
201391 PN
201292 PN
PN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson

Quite a tough nose at the moment, a little unrelenting. Deep nose with brooding fruit and chewy tannins on the palate. Closed for business but has all the attributes, alcohol is certainly there at the moment. Strong, rich and full. Leave for a few years to soften.

— Alistair Cooper (11/09/2019) Vintage 2015 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

87 reviews


The wine ferments at a controlled temperature and then rests for two years in American oak barrels, and for about another year in bottle.

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period24 months
Type of woodAmerican oak


The grapes used in its making come primarily from Tempranillo variety vines, planted before 1970 on calcareous-clay soils in the Rioja Alavesa. The small amounts of Mazuelo and Graciano add freshness and a little more colour to the blend.

Vine age70 years
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence
YieldsLow yields

The winery

Marqués de Riscal, Herederos

Marqués de Riscal, Herederos

Marqués de Riscal's history began in 1858 when its founder, Camilo Hurtado de Amézaga, started to apply in Elciego wine-making techniques employed in Bordeaux. Jean Pineau, the master winemaker at Château Lanessan in the Haut Medoc, gave his professional advice to the then sixth Marquis of Riscal regarding the production of wines following the French system, therefore abandoning the rough and rather unrefined style of Rioja wine and thus establishing La Rioja's first modern...