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Lustau Dry Amontillado Arcos NV

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This is a text book Amontillado of great maturity. Naturally dry and soft, its palate gives a hint of wood and smoky raisins. It has a powerful and distinctive nutty bouquet. A better Amontillado would be difficult to find. Awarded Silver Medal at IWC 2005. Serve slightly chilled as a warming apéritif.

Region: Spain » Andalusia » Jerez

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Winery: Emilio Lustau
Color: Red
Varietal: Palomino
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Emilio Lustau:
Emilio Lustau S.A. was founded in 1896 by Don José Ruiz-Berdejo. It was a humble beginning: Don José, a secretary in the courts of justice, used to cultivate the vineyards at his estate “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza”, where he stored and aged the wines and afterwards sold them to the larger exporting companies. He was in fact what is known as an “almacenista”. In 1940, his son-in-law Don Emi... Read more
Emilio Lustau S.A. was founded in 1896 by Don José Ruiz-Berdejo. It was a humble beginning: Don José, a secretary in the courts of justice, used to cultivate the vineyards at his estate “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza”, where he stored and aged the wines and afterwards sold them to the larger exporting companies. He was in fact what is known as an “almacenista”. In 1940, his son-in-law Don Emilio Lustau Ortega moved the bodega to the Santiago district, in the old quarter of Jerez. There, in buildings which formed a part of the ancient Moorish city wall, he expanded the business gradually, still as an “almacenista”. During the seventies the company continued expanding. The first step was building new bodegas at the family estate “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza”. Then, at the beginning of the eighties and under the management of Rafael Balao, Lustau became one of the most innovative companies in Jerez. Rafael Balao had the intuition that Lustau had to be at the forefront of quality. His ideas combined tradition and innovation and carved out the way for identifying Lustau with quality and prestige. The Lustau Solera Reserva range was created from the original Lustau stocks from its beginnings as an “almacenista”. These stocks were joined by a fine selection of Sherry wines from different “almacenistas”, consisting of very special wines from small independent wine-producers, to be offered to select clients. These Sherries represent some of the best wines of the area. In 1988 Lustau made a further step towards innovation introducing a new bottle design for its wines. Read less

External Reviews for Lustau Dry Amontillado Arcos

External Review
Source: CoolVines
04/17/2009

A text book Amontillado of great maturity. Naturally dry and soft, its palate gives a hint of wood and smoky raisins. A powerful and distinctive nutty bouquet. A better Amontillado would be difficult to find. Awarded Silver Medal at IWC 2005. The secret of fine Sherry lies in its ageing and blending. A Sherry blend, whether it is a Fino from El Puerto de Santa María, an Amontillado or an Oloroso, will consist of many different wines taken from butts containing wines of different ages. A collection of butts of the same wine is known as a Solera. The work of blending is not just a craft, it is an art, using all the senses but especially the sense of smell. In the laboratory, small quantities of wines from different soleras are blended in a test tube to create a Cabeceo. The amount of wine alcohol needed to fortify the wine before bottling will also be decided at this time. Once this is made satisfactorily, it can be scaled up to produce quantities sufficient for shipping. In the Lustau bodegas, a team, headed by Juan Fuentes Romero, the Capataz General, has the responsibility for making sure that the Sherry blends maintain the high standards that have been set, for deciding on which butts of sherry are needed for a blend and how each butt is developing. The wine is created by nature: it is the job of the cellarmaster to ensure that nature receives every assistance possible. Serve as an aperitif.



This is a text book Amontillado of great maturity. Naturally dry and soft, its palate gives a hint of wood and smoky raisins. It has a powerful and distinctive nutty bouquet. A better Amontillado would be difficult to find. Awarded Silver Medal at IWC 2005. Serve slightly chilled as a warming apéritif.

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