MADRID – February 4, 2020
A single-estate wine that will be released in an exclusive edition of 8.180 numbered bottles.
Conde de San Cristobal presents Reserva Especial 2015, the most exclusive red wine of the winery with a limited production of 8.180 numbered bottles. A new reference of great personality and balance, produced exclusively with Tinta Fina from the best plots which maintain the essence of the land with designation of origin Ribera de Duero. This is the new reference in the estate’s portfolio, whichready counts with a traditional Crianza, Conde de San Cristóbal Clásico and an atypical saignée-method rosé, Flamingo Rosé.
The expert winemaker Jorge Peique — who has been linked to the wine group Bodegas y Viñedos Marqués de Vargas for two decades —, and Xavier Ausás, external consultant —linked to two of the wineries of the group— have worked together in the design of this new reference, obtaining as a result a unique red wine full of character, with a mineral and intense background, a powerful and tasty mouth, and a fresh and polished tannin from the ageing during 20 months in French oak barrels.
An exclusive wine made at 900m above the sea level
The estate, located in the historic Pago of Valdestremero, counts with 80ha and a vast vineyard that is more than 35 years old. In particular, the variety of grapes used for the Reserva Especial, Tinta Fina, comes from ‘La Arenosa’ — one of the fourteen plots that surround the winery— on the top of a moorland at 900 metres above the sea level.
The production of Conde San Cristóbal Reserva Especial 2015 has followed a meticulous and detailed process, as all the other wines made in the winery. From the harvest, carried out by hand — a work that is respectful with the vine and the berry—; to the transport of the grape to the selection table and the fermentation at a controlled temperature until the bottling.
Tasting notes Conde San Cristóbal Reserva Especial 2015
Ageing: 20 months in French oak barrels
Varieties: 100% Tinta Fina.
Alcohol: 14% Vol.
Production: 8.180 bottles of 75cl and 300 Magnums of 150cl.
Description: intense cherry color with a burgundy trim. Strong and complex aroma, with a mineral and intense background. In the mouth it is powerful and tasty; with fresh and rounded tannins.
Recommended retail: 38,95 €
About Conde San Cristóbal
The winery Conde de San Cristóbal, located in Pago of Valdestremero, in the heart of Ribera del Duero, was born at the beginning of this century built by the family de la Mata, also owners of Bodegas y Viñedos del Marqués de Vargas in Rioja Alta. Its vineyards enjoy an extreme continental climate with pronounced termal fluctuations and a moderate pluviometry.
Furthermore, thanks to the seven different kinds of soils found in the estate, and to the extreme temperatures combined with the mountain winds, the wines acquire a high level of acidity, that gives them a better structure and ageing potential. As a result, the red wines from Conde de San Cristóbal are of a limited production, dedicated exclusively to the obtention of high-end wines.
Wineries and vineyards Marqués de Vargas
Bodegas y Viñedos del Marqués de Vargas is a solid family project — leaded by Pelayo de la Mata, 11th Marquis of Vargas and 9th Count of San Cristóbal— settled in the designations of origin Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Rías Baixas. Unique locations where limited editions of single-estate wines are produced with the grapes from their own vineyard. Their high-end wines have become internationally recognised references due to the quality and personality of the wineries Marqués de Vargas, Conde de San Cristóbal and Pazo de San Mauro.