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Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja 2017

Rioja DOC

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  • Silver, International Wine Awards, 2020
  • 86-89, International Wine Awards, 2020
  • 89pts, blindtasted.com (Andreas Larsson), 2020
  • 92pts, Tim Atkin Report, 2020
  • 90pts, James Suckling, 2020

Last vintage this superb Crianza won Trophy for 'Best Red over £10' plus a trio of Golds. It's from Haut-Brion trained winemaker, Jean Marc Sauboua, at his wonderful bodega in the sky, Altos. Silky, elegant with tangy fruit, violets and gentle spice.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Tangy cherry fruit, dark chocolate and violet edge, silky tannins

Aroma

Blueberry, cherry, dark chocolate and violet cream

Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja 2017

More information

  • 14.5% ABV
  • 10.88 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2027

Bordeaux-born Jean-Marc Sauboua has been our Trophy winning winemaker at Château La Clarière for many vintages. In 2006, he decided to start a winery of his own and, with Spanish blood, decided Rioja was his destination. His aim: to make a Grand Cru of Rioja. He has no vineyards, but works with the same growers he has since the start. The mature vines lie above 700 metres, the highest in all Rioja, to ensure an elegant, modern style of wine. He's won 125 Golds since 2006, as well as Trophies for Winery of the Year, Rioja of the Year and Trophy for Best Spanish red over £10. 2017 was officially classed a 'very good' vintage. Low yields from spring frosts resulted in lovely intensity. Aged a year in oak, this is a silky, elegant red.

"Mixed delicious violets and lavender with dark plums and treacle tart. Very fresh with tangy acidity" James Suckling, Critic
For the 2016 vintage
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