Macan is the senior wine of the Vega Sicilia/Rothschild joint-venture in La Rioja Alta. It is a velvety texture with fine tannins and a elegance and linier dexterity that is reminiscent of Bordeaux.
"A dense red that is agile and energetic with gorgeous blackberry, dark
chocolate and hints of cedar. Notes of spice and toasted chocolate. Full
to medium body, very long and polished textures. A classic Rioja with a
touch of modernity. Drink or hold." 95 pts James Suckling
"The current vintage of the first wine is the 2015 Macan, fermented in
oak vats and matured in new French oak barrels for 12 months, followed
by a further five months in oak vats and kept in bottle for almost three
years before it's released. 2015 was a warm and dry year, and the wine
feels riper when tasted next to the 2016 Macan Clasico, which comes from
a very different year. The use of foudres helps to give the wine length
and elegance - a good tool to fine-tune warmer vintages like this one.
This is stylistically different from 2016, with darker fruit and an
earthy touch. It's powerful, with structure and plenty of tannin, a
dense wine, with concentration to get polished in bottle." 93+ pts Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate