30 de abril de 2013

Rioja's Historic Wineries - Bodegas Campo Viejo

Campo Viejo, with large bodegas in the centre of Logroño, was founded in 1959 by Savin S.A., a combine with wineries throughout the country, and with an average annual output of some 24 million bottles was probably the biggest single producer in the Rioja.

Its 350 hectares of vineyards account for 5 per cent of production, and both grapes and wine are bought in from independent growers and cooperatives. Fermentations fo the better wines were temperature-controlled, and some were made by macération carbonique.

The widely-advertised 2º Año "San Asensio", unaged in oak, a pleasant enough young red wine, is probably the biggest-selling in Rioja and Spain, with sales rivalled only by "Preferido" from Bodegas Berberana.

The bodega made a range of big, fruity red wines, rating its best vintages as 1964, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1975 and 1978. Looking through our own tasting book, we found tha all of their wines gave us pleasure, even the 1971, made in a dubious year. The red 1970 Gran Reserva, made with selected grapes fro the Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja, a big, robust wine, was exceptional, but our outright favourite was the 1973 Marqués de Villamagna, with its fruity nose, soft blackberry flavours and lingering finish.

Apart from a white "San Asensio", Campo Viejo also made a new-style cold-fermented wine from 100 per cent Viura.

Wines Tasted:
Marqués de Villamagna 1973 Gran Reserva - 97/100 p. March 2013.
Campo Viejo 1970 Reserva - 92/100 p. February 2013.
Marqués de Villamagna 1975 Gran Reserva - 93/100 p. April 2012.

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