The Spanish “First Growth” Vega Sicilia has released a flight of wines including the highly anticipated 2010 Unico.
Vega Sicilia, Unico 2010 is being offered by the international trade at a recommended release price of £672 for a case of 3 bottles (75cl), equivalent to £2,688 per 12x75cl. The 2010 release price represents a 7% increase on last year’s 2009 release (£2520 per 12x75cl).
The wine has spent ten years in a range of distinct ageing formats, French and American oak, old and new barrels, with an additional four to five years in bottle before release.
Critic James Suckling reviewed the wine earlier this year, awarding it 99 points. He described it as “still very tight and closed with so much depth and beauty. So drinkable already but better in 2022.”
The 2010 received the highest score over the last decade of releases. However, it is suggested to retail at a price akin to the market price of 2000 (93 points) and 2003 (94 points).
Peter Dean claimed the 2010 is “certainly the best Unico I have tasted.” With the score certainly representing his thoughts, it looks to be a small premium to pay for near perfection.
Vega Sicilia’s ‘second wine’ Valbuena No 5 2015 is also being offered at a recommended release price of £267 for a case of 3 bottles (75cl). According to James Suckling, who awarded it 97 points, the wine is “dense and layered with so much wonderful, complex and succulent character. It just makes you want to drink it”.