BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was founded in 1985 by a small group of prestigious Rioja professionals who decided to create a project which was unique at that time in the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja: a winery modelled on the Médoc châteaux, bringing together all the conditions that make a wine a work of art. With this objective, the creators of BARÓN DE LEY acquired the Imas estate, within the boundaries of Mendavia and on the left bank of the River Ebro.
It is an exceptional place for growing vines due to its climatic conditions and the characteristics of its soils, on which 90 hectares of vines were planted on the grounds on a 16th century monastery. A look inside the old monastery reveals immaculate and efficient facilities, housing high-tech temperature controlled steel tanks, 10,000 new oak barrels, and a 5-million-bottle cellar.
In 2004, the winery purchased an additional 500 parcels of land, resulting in a 1200 acre estate that has been planted with Tempranillo as well as Garnacha, Graciano and experimental varieties such as Maturana. This project is a strong testament to the estate’s desire to continue to control all levels of winemaking, from vine to bottle.
This is a classic unaged white Rioja. The grapes are grown to provide below average yields and are hand-picked and cold macerated before pressing for maximum aroma. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks where the wine is given a little lees contact for a rounder feel before the two grape varieties are blended together, stabilised and bottled.
The bodega produces two styles of rosé, and this is the traditional deeper-coloured style fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with longer contact with the grape skins. This offers more depth of flavour and colour. The Tempranillo gives the wine structure while the Granacha gives it a wonderful juiciness making it extremely versatile...
In the style of Provence, Baron de Ley has produced a surprisingly good new wine, "Rosado de Lágrima". Lagrima means tear, implying very gentle extraction during fermentation. Delicate in color, aroma and freshness, its personality is very Mediterranean and it is a perfect summer wine.
The Quintessential Rioja Grape, exclusively from the Carboneras vineyard, growing 850 metres above sea level, the highest vineyard in the appellation. High altitude gives a freshness to the grapes and to the resulting wine.
Made mainly with Tempranillo grapes and aged for 20 months in new American oak barrels, and another 24 months rounding off in the bottle. Aromas of its noble ageing springs to the nose, combines with traces of coconut, toffee and ripe fruit. In the mouth its soft with supple volume. An extremely fulfilling and enjoyable wine.
A commitment to quality and a nod to tradition, recovering as protagonist one of the most forgotten white varieties and whose presence has traditionally been essential in the production of quality white wines in Rioja
The Graciano grape, acclaimed and rare, was always an important component in the classic Rioja wine. Barón de Ley have planted 50 hectares of this grape in the Los Almendros vineyard, 460 m. above sea level. The shades of violet in its colour , fresh nose, subtle tannins, good acidity and strong character make this a unique wine.
Taken from the recently rediscovered variety Maturana. Like many grape varieties it all but disappeared at the time of phylloxera. It comes from vineyards located in "Villa Alegría" and is the first major plantation of Maturana to have been done in Rioja. This makes the wine very interesting as one is effectively drinking history.
Grenache is perfectly matched to dry and continental conditions of the high valleys. This wine is a tribute to a grape that has always been part of La Rioja vineyards. Its lush fruit and late maturing, gives the wine aromas of red fruit and silky tannins.
A white reserva from Baron de Ley. A complex wine, vivacious and lasting. Its elaboration is unique since each grape is elaborated separately and, later, it is left to age the coupage during a year in barrels of American oak. A special and unique wine.
Mainly made using Tempranillo grapes grown in the calcareous soils of the Cenicero vineyards owned by Barón de Ley, where the orientation of the slopes, Atlantic climate and low yields offer perfect grapes for this top level style of wine. It is only made in excellent years.
Made from Tempranillo grapes and other varieties from the Benedictine vineyard of 1985. Thanks to its aging of 24 months (18 in oak barrels and 6 in foudres) it develops a wine of structure, tasty, balanced and elegant.
This is a very interesting and quite unique wine. The fruit of a single vineyard, over 70 years old, in which the seven grape varieties grow side by side. Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo, Viura, Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca are the 7 grapes which give rise to this wine. The last three are white and, used in small proportions, add some...