James Suckling 91
"A fruity and delicious red with blackberry and cherry character. Medium body. Firm tannins." -JS
Tim Atkin 90
"Caceres ultra-reliable Crianza is based on fruit from its home base in Cenicero, but also includes grapes from the rest of the Rioja Alta and a lesser amount from the Rioja Alavesa. Floral, fresh and well balanced, with deftly handled French and American oak sweetness, fresh acidity and some tannic bite from 10 Graciano and Mazuelo." -TA
Attractive color with luminous highlights. Soft spice and refined oak on the nose with a depth of jammy red berry fruits. Luscious and intense on tasting with pleasant tannins that mingle with fresh and mature fruit. Finishes with delicious, long-lasting flavors. Blend: 85 Tempranillo, 10 Garnacha tinta, and 5 Graciano.-Winemaker Notes
Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqus de Cceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.
The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elyse bought and restored two abandoned chateaux, Chateau Camensac and Chateau Larose-Trintaudon. These chateaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.
Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqus de Cceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqus de Cceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.-Winery Notes
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In 1970, Enrique Forner founded Marqués de Cáceres, Unión Vitivinícola, S.A., a historic Alliance between a region (Cenicero, La Rioja Alta), an enterprising family that has been devoted to the wine trade for five generations, the best vine growers and vineyards in La Rioja and a Bordeaux concept which revolutionised the production and business model with a single objective: the quality to obtain the best wines, an obsession that today continues to be the leitmotif of Cristina Forner, the fifth generation of this distinguished wine family.