To produce the “Roble” Ribera del Duero Marqués de Burgos, the Tempranillo bunches were destemmed and the grapes were crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 25°C, comparatively low for a red wine in order to retain the bright berry fruit aromatics of the grapes. After fermentation the wine underwent six months ageing in oak barrels (70% new American, 30% French). This was followed by 10 months bottle ageing prior to release.
The vineyards are located in the Quintana del Pidio municipality within the province of Burgos. Situated at an altitude of 700 metres above sea level, the vines benefit from warm days followed by cool nights and undergo a perfectly paced slow ripening, accumulating great intensity of flavour while retaining a crisp natural acidity. The gobelet-trained vines are over 30 years old and produce low yields of very concentrated fruit. Harvesting and other vineyard operations are carried out by hand.
Marqués de Burgos is the Ribera del Duero operation of Bodegas LAN. Established experts in working with Tempranillo in Rioja, they embarked on a search for prime vineyard sites within the Ribera del Duero region, where this mighty grape also thrives. Their thorough search led them to the village of Quintana del Pidio and old bush-vine vineyards producing low yields (around three tonnes per hectare) of intensely flavoured grapes. María Barúa is at the winemaking helm and perfectly marries the exuberant berry-fruit aromas of Tempranillo with subtle spiciness from measured use of oak.