Smith & Gertrude

Limited Run - Bodegas Lan Rioja Signature Showcase - 3 Bottle Case

£59.00 Regular price

A limited edition (very limited - we only have 4 cases!) selection of Rioja's put together to compliment the Rioja & Ribera tastings happening in both bars this month - tickets still available here BTW.

We could have called this the intro to Rioja case but that felt like it wouldn't be doing the wines featured here justice. Showcasing the wonderful Bodegas Lan Rioja's the 3 bottle Signature Selection case features the Crianza '18, Riserva '16 & Gran Riserva '15 vintages. It is the perfect case to go deep on the basics of this wonderful wine region. 

Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN is situated in the heart of Rioja Alta. Though a relatively young Rioja house, they have quickly gained a reputation for the excellent quality of their wines. 

María Barúa has been the head winemaker and technical director since 2002, bringing both scientific expertise (with an academic background in chemistry and an oenology degree) and local knowledge (having been born and raised in Rioja). María is an expert on oak ageing and, just as individual grape varieties are matched to specific plots within the vineyard, a lot of work goes into matching each wine with the perfect barrel.

Bodegas LAN work with a wide range of French, American, Russian and Hungarian oak from many different coopers and were also the first Rioja bodega to pioneer a hybrid barrel with American oak staves and French oak heads.

These hybrid barrels are used to age the Rioja Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva featured in this 3 bottle case, all of which are a blend of Tempranillo with just a touch of Mazuelo. The Gran Reserva is the product of 40-year-old Tempranillo vines in Rioja Alta with Mazuelo grown in the famed Viña Lanciano vineyard adding extra depth.