Smith & Gertrude

Limited Run - Bodegas Lan Premium Rioja - 2 Bottle Case

£75.00 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.

These wines are for those who know their Rioja's, you're already a fully signed up member of the fan club so you want to go straight for the big guns (& these really are big guns - the weight of the A Mano bottle alone is something staggering).

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.

The ‘Viña Lanciano’ Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo and is a very elegant expression of the unique sense of place of this staggeringly beautiful vineyard. Aromas of brooding black fruit combine with a subtle smokiness and a lick of vanilla from ageing in French and Russian oak.

‘A Mano’ translates as ‘by hand’ and is a nod to the fact that the grapes go through a vigorous and labour-intensive sorting process by berry to ensure that only pristine fruit makes it into the wine. Aged for seven months in new French oak followed by seven months in new Russian oak, the ‘A Mano’ has the hallmark minerality of Viña Lanciano wines, coupled with juicy black fruit flavours and a perfectly integrated spiciness from the oak.

Enjoy.