Bodegas Artuke

About Bodegas Artuke

A leading member of Spain’s truly exciting and dynamic “New Wave” movement, Artuke is a contraction of the names Arturo and Kike, the brothers who now run the Bodegas, Roberto de Miguel founded this Rioja superstar in 1991 having become disillusioned by his time amongst Spain’s bulk producers.

 

Artuke is an artisanal biodynamic winery found on the upper terrace of the river Ebro in La Rioja Alta. The estate’s namesakes are now firmly at the helm of this member of the delightfully named “Rioja’n’Roll” movement, comprising some of the most terroir-driven and quality-focused young winemakers in the country. Their current range is comprised of some of the most detailed and elegant Riojas in the region – simply sublime expressions of this most famous of vinous regions.

 

Viniculture

Inspired, as are so many producers with a devotion to their native terroir, by the great wines of Burgundy, the brothers are staunch advocates of a new labelling system in Rioja which would see wines bottled along with a village, region and single-vineyard delineation rather than the traditional Reserva system. No doubt some way off region-wide implementation, Artuke’s advocacy of the change certainly alludes to their priorities with regards to terroir and quality.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Artuke Finca de los Locos 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £174.47
2018

Artuke Finca de los Locos 2018 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin MW (94)

Finca de Los Locos is a co-fermented field blend of Tempranillo with 20% Graciano and 2% Viura from the Las Escaleras sub-zone of Baños de Ebro. Rich in limestone and comparatively cool for the village, the vineyard has produced a 2018 that is pithy, chiselled and "electric" in Arturo de Miguel's words, with fine-boned tannins, damson and blackberry fruit and a long, refined finish. 2023-2030
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Rioja 6x75cl 1 94 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £174.47
Artuke Paso las Manas 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £275.27
2018

Artuke Paso las Manas 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The second vintage of a vineyard at 700 meters in altitude in the village of Samaniego is the 2018 Paso Las Mañas, pure Tempranillo planted in 1990 and 2013. It fermented destemmed and with indigenous yeasts and matured in two 3,500-liter oak foudres for 12 months. This was a little closed at first and showed shy and subtle. It has an elegant and aromatic profile, in this case, possibly from the higher altitude of the vineyard. This is elegant and a little lighter than Finca de los Locos, but it still has firm tannins and a serious backbone. This feels fresher than the 2017, more delicate, more Burgundian, whereas the 2017 was more Rhône-ish. This is really very good, and it's remarkable for a young vineyard that already delivers low yields. I think that is sign of a very good place. So, when these vines get older, the wine should get even better. 6,000 bottles were filled in January 2020.
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Rioja 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £275.27
Artuke Pies Negros 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £172.07
2018

Artuke Pies Negros 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93)

The 2018 Pies Negros was produced with grapes from the Sierra Cantabria in the village of Ábalos, so another village wine, even if it won't get the official qualification, as they don't have a winery in Ábalos! It's a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Graciano fermented with destemmed but uncrushed grapes with indigenous yeasts, and it matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 12 months, except for 10% of the volume that was kept in concrete for that time. This didn't stop growing in the glass, and the aromas are subtle and elegant. Since they started working with larger oak containers, they had to learn to work under more reductive conditions; they now seem to have mastered it, at least in some of the wines, like this one. The wines are subtler and less immediate than the wines aged in barrique, and this long-cycle vintage has a tendency toward this profile of wines. The palate is very balanced and fresh, with a core of red fruit, with bright flavors and very good precision. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in two lots; the one I tasted was from December 2019.
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Rioja 6x75cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £172.07
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Artuke Finca de los Locos 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £132.00
2018

Artuke Finca de los Locos 2018 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin MW (94)

Finca de Los Locos is a co-fermented field blend of Tempranillo with 20% Graciano and 2% Viura from the Las Escaleras sub-zone of Baños de Ebro. Rich in limestone and comparatively cool for the village, the vineyard has produced a 2018 that is pithy, chiselled and "electric" in Arturo de Miguel's words, with fine-boned tannins, damson and blackberry fruit and a long, refined finish. 2023-2030
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 1 94 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £132.00
Artuke Paso las Manas 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £216.00
2018

Artuke Paso las Manas 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The second vintage of a vineyard at 700 meters in altitude in the village of Samaniego is the 2018 Paso Las Mañas, pure Tempranillo planted in 1990 and 2013. It fermented destemmed and with indigenous yeasts and matured in two 3,500-liter oak foudres for 12 months. This was a little closed at first and showed shy and subtle. It has an elegant and aromatic profile, in this case, possibly from the higher altitude of the vineyard. This is elegant and a little lighter than Finca de los Locos, but it still has firm tannins and a serious backbone. This feels fresher than the 2017, more delicate, more Burgundian, whereas the 2017 was more Rhône-ish. This is really very good, and it's remarkable for a young vineyard that already delivers low yields. I think that is sign of a very good place. So, when these vines get older, the wine should get even better. 6,000 bottles were filled in January 2020.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £216.00
Artuke Pies Negros 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £130.00
2018

Artuke Pies Negros 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93)

The 2018 Pies Negros was produced with grapes from the Sierra Cantabria in the village of Ábalos, so another village wine, even if it won't get the official qualification, as they don't have a winery in Ábalos! It's a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Graciano fermented with destemmed but uncrushed grapes with indigenous yeasts, and it matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 12 months, except for 10% of the volume that was kept in concrete for that time. This didn't stop growing in the glass, and the aromas are subtle and elegant. Since they started working with larger oak containers, they had to learn to work under more reductive conditions; they now seem to have mastered it, at least in some of the wines, like this one. The wines are subtler and less immediate than the wines aged in barrique, and this long-cycle vintage has a tendency toward this profile of wines. The palate is very balanced and fresh, with a core of red fruit, with bright flavors and very good precision. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in two lots; the one I tasted was from December 2019.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rioja 6x75cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £130.00

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