2015 LAN, Culmen Rioja Reserva, 6x750ml

2015 LAN, Culmen Rioja Reserva, 6x750ml

2015 LAN, Culmen Rioja Reserva
Rioja Reserva 'Wine of the year', Tim Atkin MW, Rioja 2020 Special Report.

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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

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From £265.00

Critics Score: 95

Publication: Tim Atkin MW

Graciano needs the right site," says María González, who regards it as a vital component of this blend with 89% Tempranillo from the oldest part of the LAN's Pago El Rincón vineyard. It certainly adds structure, colour and acidity in this comparatively warm site. The new French oak is well integrated here, complemented by layers of black cherry and blackberry fruit and aromas of wild herbs.
2015 LAN, Culmen Rioja Reserva

Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN lies in the heart of Rioja Alta and boasts one of the most spectacular single-vineyard sites in the region: Viña Lanciano. The name LAN comes from the initials of the three provinces of the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño, Álava and Navarra. María Barúa has been the head winemaker
and technical director since 2002, and brings both scientific expertise (with an academic background in chemistry in addition to her oenology degree) and local knowledge (having been born and raised in Rioja). Together with her young and energetic team, María focuses on using the latest advances in winemaking to
‘express the virtues of the land’.

The Tempranillo and Graciano grapes for the 'Culmen', meaning 'epitome', come from 'Pago El Rincón', the top parcel within the ‘Viña Lanciano’ vineyard. Viña Lanciano is one of the most spectacular single vineyards in Rioja, surrounded by a bend of the River Ebro. The 'El Rincón' plot boasts bush vines of up to 60 years of age, which produce small yields of very concentrated fruit. The vines are planted on poor stony soils on the south-facing slopes of the 'El Rincón' mount, at up to 491 metres above sea level. Warm days followed by cool nights ensure an ideally paced ripening and the grapes accumulate great intensity of flavour whilst retaining a balancing natural acidity. All of the grapes are hand harvested and sustainable practices are followed.

The 2015 vintage began with a rainy winter, which replenished water reserves in the soil to sustain the vines during the dry growing cycle that followed. Warm and dry conditions in spring facilitated a problem-free bud burst, flowering and fruit set. The beginning of the summer was hot, but milder temperatures arrived in the second half of August, which provided perfect conditions for the grapes to go through the final stages of ripening and the grapes harvested were of excellent quality. 

The grapes underwent a thorough sorting by bunch and were then destemmed and sorted again by berry to ensure that only pristine fruit made it into the wine. The berries were then lightly crushed and fermented in small, cone-shaped, temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wine was then racked from tank into new 225-litre French oak barriques from the Tronçais and Jupille forests where it underwent malolactic fermentation and 25 months ageing. The wine was then aged for a further 22 months in bottle in the Bodegas LAN cellars in Fuenmayor before release.