Smith & Gertrude

Limited Run - Bodegas Lan Rioja - Culmen Reserva

£64.00 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.

One Rioja to rule them all. Why have two fantastic bottles when you can have one stupendous bottle?!

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 ‘Culmen’ Reserva, meaning ‘epitome’, is the jewel of the Bodegas LAN crown and is only produced in outstanding vintages from the oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines in ‘El Rincón’. This hugely concentrated wine is aged for 25 months in new French oak barrels, followed by a further 20 months in bottle. The recently released 2015 vintage was awarded 96 points by Wine Spectator.