Highlights of an exceedingly busy Viñateros tasting

Domaines Lupier, Navarra

Enrique Basarte and Elisa Ucar, the dynamic husband and wife team at Domaines Lupier, nurtured their love of Garnacha by acquiring old-vine 27 parcels in the northern hills of Navarra, around the village of San Martín de Unx. This was in 2006, with their first vintage taking place in 2008.

Their vineyards are planted at altitudes ranging from 400-700m above sea level, with vines between 69 and 113 years old, according to the charming, almost superhumanly enthusiastic Elisa.

The duo work biodynamically – even eschewing copper in favour of herbal preparations such as yarrow. Only old oak is used, never new for Domaines Lupiers’ two wines – El Terroir, “facing the earth”, and La Dama, “facing the sky”. Although the two wines are blended based on blind tastings of the 27 parcels, all of which are vinified separately, every year, the two wines seem to possess the same character, Elisa explains.

Some of the most remarkable Garnachas being produced in Spain right now.

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