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Altos de la Guardia Tempranillo Rioja 2021

Rioja DOCa
Altos de la Guardia Tempranillo Rioja 2021
James Suckling, (89 Points)Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, (Silver Medal)Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, (86 Points)Bordeaux International Challenge, (Gold Medal)The Wall Street Journal, (Editor's Choice Recommendation)
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With 300 Golds in 17 years, Spanish Winery of the Year and Rioja of the Year, Altos has an amazing track record. It’s the high-altitude, boutique cellar of Haut-Brion-trained Jean-Marc Sauboua, who’s crafted this bright fruit, lightly oaked Rioja.
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Red Wine details
  • Red - Medium to Full Bodied
  • SpainSpain
  • Bright scarlet
  • Tempranillo
  • 10.88 Units
  • 14.5% ABV
  • 31 December 2025
Flavour profile
Tasting notes
Rich and smooth with ripe berries and sweet spicy complexity
Aroma
Ripe blackcurrant and other berries with toasted vanilla
Allergy information
Contains Sulphites
The red wine
Having made Trophy-winning wines at other people’s cellars for 25 years, in 2006 our head winemaker, Jean-Marc Sauboua, decided to buy his own winery. Despite being Bordeaux-born, he chose Rioja (his mother was from Spain), with the sole aim of making a Grand Cru style of wine. He has since won 300 Golds, four Trophies and many more awards besides. In 2016, they moved into a custom-built winery in Elvillar. There he has a great team in place, headed up by winemaker Amaia Amestoy. They work closely with growers, whose vineyards are the highest in the region. High altitude adds elegance and intensity to the fruit, while ageing mostly in French oak lends a more subtle layer of toasty vanilla. Open early and serve with chicken, tapas or paella.
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