La Casa de Lúculo
• 100% old Garnacha
• BIO control of the vineyard, HAND-cultivation and -harvest
• Selection of the best vines between 50 and 70 years old
• Located in Sada and Aibar (Zone of Baja Montaña, northern Navarra)
• 800 metres high
• DO Navarra’s area most influenced by Atlantic climate
We trust in slow winemaking to ensure the unique character of our signature wines: Lúculo. Only through a pampered elaboration, we can get wines that are the true expression of Garnacha Atlántica from Navarra.
La Casa de Lúculo controls the most spectacular old vineyards of Baja Montaña region which we elaborate our flagship wines with. Located in the most northern part of Navarra, we work predominantly with Garnacha vineyards. It is this variety which best stands the harsh Atlantic influence and which, at the same time, determines the character of the vineyards, its grapes and the wines. We carefully select small plots that have always stayed out of reach of modern viticulture. Organically-grown bush vines of Garnacha and Tempranillo that have been worked and harvested by the same family hands ever. Some of these unique vineyards are well beyond 100 years old.
“Lúculo” was the great gourmet of Classical Rome and the first “food bon vivant” in history. “Lucius Licinius Lucullus” spread the art of the table in all directions of the compass formed by the vast Roman domains of the 1st Century BF. We could not fail to create a series of true gourmet wines that deserved to be named “Lúculo”.
This Garnacha will show you lovely dark cherry aromas surrounded by red and blue flowers – violet. Fresh and perfumed on the nose, fresh and elegant on the palate with development of spice, some tobacco and vanilla of the well-integrated oak. With the present, however soft structure, it will stay with you for quite a while. A complex wine that will develop even more complexity once in the glass or with a decanting before serving.
• Malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques
• 8-10 months ageing in French oak barrels of 225 litres to preserve its fruit quality
On its own or with everything you think it will match with. Next to rich food it will best show its wealth of character. Best served at 16-18ºC.
93 Points, James Suckling 2017, vintage 2015