Juan Car­los López de La­calle

Decanter - - RIOJA -

A text­book rene­gade, for sure, given his de­par­ture from the DoCa. it’s easy to see why such an es­tab­lished pro­ducer might ‘go it alone’, and leave an or­gan­i­sa­tion which per­mits the prod­uct of Spain’s most fa­mous wine re­gions to be sold for not much more than £5 in UK su­per­mar­kets. Bode­gas y Viñe­dos Ar­tadi’s de­par­ture would not have won so much at­ten­tion were it not for the qual­ity of the wines. The win­ery’s be­gin­nings were hum­ble – founded in 1985 from a col­lec­tive of wine-grow­ers. They were blessed with a pro­ducer of the vi­sion and in­ten­sity of juan Car­los López de La­calle. He grew the busi­ness, with Ben­jamín Romeo – who went on to set up on his own at Con­ta­dor – work­ing along­side him as wine­maker for a num­ber of years. The prices of Ar­tadi have risen dizzily, but with rea­son. The qual­ity of the sin­glevine­yard wines is ex­cep­tional. Rio­jan throug­hand-through, de­spite what it says on the la­bel.

Juan Car­los L—pez de La­calle

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