2021 Paganos La Nieta Magnum
With a wine tradition dating back to 1870, the Eguren family is among the absolute top with wines such as Sierra Cantabria, San Vicente Manor, Numanthia-Termes (recently sold to LVMH group). The La Nieta is the top wine and flagship of Eguren and comes from a very small 1.75 hectare vineyard planted in 1975 in Páganos (Laguardia, Rioja Alava) at an altitude of 525 meters above sea level. The soil is very calcareous clay soil. LaNieta means "Granddaughter" and is a project that Eguren started after the birth of his granddaughter.
The grapes ferment in four 1000-liter oak barrels and the wine matures in new French barriques for 16 months. The nose is subtle, ripe without exaggeration. The La Nieta is at the same time a very powerful and a very elegant wine, a combination that is not so easy to find. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a very mineral feel. The wine can now be enjoyed with a hearty steak, but you will certainly be rewarded if you leave it for a few more years. Only 5,000 bottles of La Nieta were produced and this wine is among the top in Spain. Parker also writes about the La Nieta "Nieta has been the star again". This is a beautiful magnum of 1.5 liters.
The Spanish winery Viñedos de Paganos is an exclusive winery and is one of the beautiful wineries of Hermanos Eguren.
The end of autumn and the beginning of winter are marked by abundant rainfall in San Vicente and Páganos. Early 2021 with low temperatures and a lot of precipitation (including snow) (Filomena), resulting in a very important accumulation of water in the soil causing good compaction and nitrification of the soil, very beneficial for the vines. Early March is dry and with mild temperatures, causing the vines to weep for the first time. Beginning of bud break in early April, with slightly cool temperatures and little vegetative development. Light frost on April 14 and 17 caused minor and variable damage depending on the vineyard plots. Rainfall in April was lower than the usual average. Early May was dry and temperatures were very mild, below normal. At the beginning of spring (early June), flowering took place around June 12. This is a period of rainfall that causes light flower sprouts, giving the impression that it will be a short harvest. In mid-June there were a few hailstorms that did not cause major damage, but did limit the harvest. Two months of total absence of rain began: July and August. From July to September, temperatures exceeded average, reaching 38ºC.
From September 14 to 18, rain falls in varying amounts, creating alarming uncertainty about health and final ripening period. These September rains increase berry and bunch size, and followed by low temperatures and sunny weather will cause a rapid end to ripening and eliminating the risk of botrytis, which balances physiological, phenolic and aromatic ripening. The harvest of the white varieties begins on October 1-2 and the red on October 5, yielding grapes with a total acidity slightly higher than in a normal year and a spectacular phenolic ripening.
The Spanish winery Viñedos de Paganos is an exclusive winery in the medieval village of Laguardia and is one of Hermanos Eguren's beautiful wineries. The winery is located in the subregion Rioja Alavesa at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria at about 600 meters altitude. The area is surrounded by dolmens, archaeological sites, chapels and old medieval churches.
Paganos winery has an underground cellar, located under the vineyards, carved into the rock.
The area has an Atlantic climate with continental nuances, and is sheltered from the cold winds from the north by the Sierra de Cantabria mountains. The soils of this estate, calcareous loam or clay loam with a high minerality in texture, give the vineyard, and therefore the wine, a unique mineral character with exceptional personality. Under this soil you can find a sandstone substrate where the roots are perfectly integrated.
Paganos winery was founded in 1998 by Marcos and Miguel Eguren, with the aim of producing great wines with great intrinsic characteristics and personality. The beautiful combination of climate, soil and vine varieties made this mission a complete success.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Flexible, Full
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch