Acclaimed Rioja producer Artadi only make their 'Grandes Anades' cuvee in the very best vintages, with only four so far being made to date. This is a masterclass in classical Rioja winemaking. A wine that has been designed to age, crafted from 70-100-year-old Tempranillo vines, to create something deep and formidable, that sits beautifully in its drinking window even 25+ years later. A unique opportunity to enjoy one of the great Rioja wines in the prime of its life. To quote Robert Parker 'This is a classic, yet singular expression of Rioja the likes of which can be found nowhere else in that viticultural area.'
At the top of the Artadi hierarchy is this limited production cuvees. Grandes Anadas is a majestic, ageworthy Rioja that may well be the single greatest wine made in that appellation. The 1998 Grandes Anades (100% Tempranillo from 70-100-year old vines) has only been made twice in the last seven years, 1994 and 1998. It is tannic and highly extracted, with lots of body. It is a broodingly backward, formidable wine with amazing concentration, purity, and overall balance. Long and concentrated, with a 40-50-second finish, it requires 3-4 years of cellaring and should evolve gracefully for three decades. This is a classic, yet singular expression of Rioja the likes of which can be found nowhere else in that viticultural area.
Drinking Window: 2004 - 2031