Friday, January 5, 2024

LeDomduVin: Marques de Riscal Elciego (Alava) Vino de Crianza 1922

Marques de Riscal Elciego (Alava) 

Vino de Crianza 1922

I'm always humbled when in the presence of such a piece of history. 

I mean, it's not every day that I come across such an old and rare bottle, especially one from Marques de Riscal. 

The cellars I am inventorying are usually primarily stocked with French wines. Some Italian and American wines are occasionally found, but Spanish wines are a rare discovery.

Marques de Riscal is one of my favorite Rioja wineries, and I had the chance to visit it a few times and drink and sell a fair amount of their wines over the past 20 years. 

Being able to hold this bottle of Marques de Riscal 1922 brought back a lot of great memories. 

Back in the early to mid-2000s, when I was working in New York, at @pjwine, I had the chance, every year, to organize and participate in the PJ Wine owner's wine-buying trip to France and Spain. 

A trip of 15 to 18 days, usually occurring at the end of March and beginning of April, focused mainly on tasting Bordeaux Futures and visiting wineries around Rioja, Priorat, and Ribera del Duero.

This is how, at the time, Peter Yi (wine lover and owner of, Justin Berlin (a Spanish wine aficionado extraordinaire), Sam Nelom (a wine amateur and blind-tasting legend), and I ended up eating in some of the best restaurants in the southwest of France and the northern part of Spain had to offer.

That's how, in 2006, we got to experience chef Ferran Adrià's "El Bulli" and eat at Marques de Riscal's restaurant after tasting some of their wines. 

We were also among the first guests to spend the night in some of the best suites of the newly finished Frank Gehry-designed Marques de Riscal hotel. It was a tremendous experience. 

And for those who may wonder, no, I did not open this bottle as it is part of a private cellar. 

Cheers! Santé!


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