In the past, it was traditional for Riojan winegrowers to put aside some of their favourite wine for very special occasions. The tenth edition of LAN D-12 renews our homage to this long-standing custom.
The Mantible Bridge, currently in ruins, is the oldest bridge in the city of Logroño. Located in the district of El Cortijo, on a meander of the Ebro River, it joined both banks, and according to the historians, it was one of the busiest routes in Roman times towards the pottery town Tritium Magallum, a village now known as Tricio.
In LAN we seek to preserve the natural expression of fruit from the outset. The barrels play a fundamental role in terms of preserving and adding more complex nuances to our wines over time. Therefore, we are very stringent in selecting the oak that will accompany our wines on their ageing journey.
Malolactic fermentation in barrel
Our estate wines – Viña Lanciano, LAN A Mano and Culmen- first come into contact with oak when they undergo malolactic fermentation in new barrels. This second fermentation (in which the malic acid is converted into lactic acid,) helps shape the personality of our wines, enhancing its qualities, heightening its characteristic varietal aromas and intense colour, softening it and making it more pleasant and creamy on the palate.
The vine is a plant that becomes dormant over the winter months. During this period, the vines look like they are sleeping and winter pruning takes place, reducing the length of the canes to create higher quality bunches in the future. But the clearest sign that the vine sap is starting to move up through the plant is what is called “el lloro” or “weeping” in Spanish, or “sap rise” in English, and shows that the vine growth cycle is starting again. A clear liquid called “lágrimas” or “tears” starts to emanate from the pruning cuts: hence the Spanish expression, “the vineyard is weeping.”
Many of you may know her. We’re sure that many more of you will have heard her voice when calling Bodegas LAN. Her name is Maria Araus and she has been our receptionist for the past 28 years, the first person to welcome you to our offices or to put you through to the right person. Now, after nearly three decades together, the time has come for Maria to retire, to embark on a new stage of her life.
The International Wine Congress Enofusión took place in Madrid over the 28th, 29th and 30th of January, showcasing new trends in the wine world, gems from the most acclaimed wineries and a few new surprises, through tastings and conferences. We had a noteworthy role this year, as aside from Culmen being selected for TopWineSpain, we took part in a roundtable in the Enovisión forum.