This week we sampled six wines from the Spanish cellars of Rioja Bordon, including its Bordon Gran Reserva 2004, Crianza 2007 and 2008 and even a vintage wine from 1975.
Bordon Gran Reserva 2004 (400 yuan or less) is currently Beijing’s best buy for reserve wines, said Lu Weily, owner of wine house The Loop.
The wine is aged three years in American oak barrels before aging another three years in the bottle. Like most classics from the Rioja region, it pairs well with red meats.
A bottle of 1975 reserve still tastes excellent, so a bottle of Reserva 2004 can probably be stored until 2045.
Founded in 1890, Riajo Bordon is one of Spain’s most prestigious wineries. To ensure quality, it routinely ages all its wines longer than legally required both in barrel and in bottle. The winery uses modern technology and adheres to the tough quality controls of the European Union.
Rioja Bordon is a well known brand in Spain. Its white wines rank in Spain’s Top 3 and its Crianza wines are served at 90 percent of the country’s restaurants. You can also find them at duty-free stores all over the world.
Its white wine Diamante (178 yuan) is a pleasant choice that pairs well with spicy Chinese food, tasting slightly sweet with mildly acidic.
If you are hosting a family and need six to eight bottles, the Rioja Bordon Crianza 2008 (460 yuan for 1.5 liters) is ideal. Its aged one year in American oak and goes with everything from seafood to steak.
For something more special, you can try Bordon Reserva 2005 (780 yuan). It’s aged aromatic French oak instead of American oak. The winery only product 60 barrels in a good vintage.
Anyone interested can find more of the winery’s products at The Loop.
101, 36-1, Sanlitun Hou Jie, Chaoyang District
11 am – 7 pm
(010) 8772 5713