This amazing collaboration between Rothschild and Vega Sicilia is 100% Tempranillo.
The Clasico is the second wine, the sibling to the Macan. The wine is produced in the same fashion as the Macan but it does tend to be more open and exhibits riper fruit flavors than its counterpart.
Pablo Alvarez, Vega Sicilia director, is a fan of the Vina Real wines from the 1950s-1960s and those are the kind of wines he'd like to produce but also wanted incorporate some aspects of modern Rioja in an attempt to get the best of both worlds, the acidity and finesse of the classics, and the aromatic purity and fruit expression of the modern wines. The 2009 Macan Clasico is the result of this melding of both worlds.
Only French oak barriques are used, 70% of them new and the rest second fill where the wine ages for 14-18 months.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 92
"The 2009 Macan Clasico is the second wine in the Bordeaux sense, even though the name might be rather confusing and some people might think this is the superior cuvee. It's clearly a more accessible wine than its sibling, and that's intentional. Bright ruby-colored, with some red fruit and lactic notes complemented by licorice, spices, smoke, coffee, vanilla, balsamic, smoked meat, sweet fruit, and chocolate. Elegant and harmonious, it is medium-bodied with balanced acidity and good length. It's quite approachable and pleasant to drink with some fine tannins."