Following James Suckling’s release last week of his top 100 wines from 2015, we are delighted to be able to offer the wine that came second, Bodega Muga Prado Enea 2006. His top 100 wines have been selected based on wines that offer the best value for money; all wines taken into consideration are £50 per bottle or less and scored at least 96 points. Prado Enea 2006 has been awarded 98 points from James Suckling and at our special offer price of £25 a bottle it is both cheaper and higher scoring than his top wine of 2015, Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2010. As such Prado Enea 2006 has an incredible Price over Points Ratio of 16.6. This magnificent score is backed up by a superb 96 points from Luis Gutierrez of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, who calls it a ‘phenomenal bottle of traditional Rioja at its best’. This score makes it one of the highest scoring Rioja’s since the 1960s and as Gutierrez states, ‘at this quality level the price seems like a bargain’.
Bodega Muga is cementing itself as one of the lead producers in the cadre of Rioja. It was founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez and cited at the foot of the Montes Obarenses in Rioja Alta. In 1971 the headquarters were moved to the district of Haro, which they share with the other great names; Tondonia, La Rioja Alta and CVNE. Their five principle vineyards El Estepal, La Loma, Blatracones, La Loma Alta and Sajazarra are abundant in limestone, chalky clay and alluvial soil. These five vineyards possess a special microclimate effected by continental, Mediterranean and Atlantic influence. Their 18th Century Bodega is magnificent, with over 15,000 barrels, which are made in their own cooperage, importing the oak from the United States and France.
Prado Enea is almost exclusively made from grapes derived from the eponymously named vineyard, picked last of any from the Estate. It was first produced in 1968 and has now become the acme of their wonderful winemaking pomp. In 2006 it is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, the remainder made up of 10% Mazuelo and Graciano. The Gran Reserva is aged in 16,000 litre oak vats for a minimum of 12 months, then 36 in oak casks and then 36 months in bottle.
Prado Enea 2006 is as good as Rioja gets and the price is remarkable for one of the best Gran Reserva available. Following the Gran Reserva 2006 Bodega Muga will not release another Prado Enea until the 2009 vintage, as they did not deem the 2007 or 2008 exceptional enough to put this name to the label. With only 90,000 bottles made, this wine is already in short supply and Suckling’s score is causing it to sell out across Europe.
Our special offer price for 18 bottles is the lowest in the market. Make sure you take advantage of this fantastic offer.
James Suckling, 98 Pts
‘This is amazing traditional Rioja with a complexity and beauty of ripe fruit and long aging. Unique. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, tobacco, vanilla, plums and prunes. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Three years aged in oak and three years in bottle. 80% tempranillo with the rest of the classic varieties. All from high altitude vineyards’.
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