Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Royal Gran Reserva 1970 (3174)

Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Royal Gran Reserva 1970 (3174)


The winery dates back to the 1890s. Frederick Anglade Saurat of the Bordeaux negoçiant Anglade family partnered with Spanish investors and winegrowers to found the winery. They built the winery in what is now the heart of the city of Logroño. It's the last classic Rioja winery still standing in the city but it used to be surrounded by vineyards. They currently own more than 200 acres of vineyards, and also purchase fruit from farmers with whom they've had long relationships.

By 1922, the Spanish owners bought out their French partners. Hemingway, with his bullfighter friend Antonio Ordóñez, was a visitor in 1956. He was reputedly a fan of their wines and included the white wine "Diamante" in his book A Moveable Feast.


Like most traditional Rioja producers, Franco-Españolas has long offered two premium lines of wine. One of these is typically a more robust, tannic wine -inspired by Bordeauxwhile the other tends to be a  lighter bodied, more elegant wine think fine old Burgundy. The Bordón is their bigger wine; the Royal is the lighter, more elegant line. In keeping with Rioja's traditions, both are aged exclusively in American oak.


This is a fantastic bottle of mature Rioja from the very good 1970 vintage. The Royal Gran Reserva.

Sweet and savory aromas suggest red cherries and braised meat, definitely with a subtle touch of dill and pimento as well. It's a classic aromatic profile for fully mature Rioja.On the palate, there is great balance, depth and purity of flavors, with the truffled nuances and silken texture that only a carefully aged wine from one of the world's great wine regions can deliver.

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