Domaines Lupier, `El Terroir` Navarra

The nose is pure and expressive, with aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry fruit, juniper and spice. On the palate, the wine reveals a floral berry core with earthy notes, medium body and crunchy tannins. This old-vine Grenache shows wonderful finesse, energy and impressive length.

The fruit comes from a variety of Grenache clones of over 80 years old situated at 650-700 metres altitude in Navarra DO. Described by the owners as mountain viticulture, this translates into very low-yielding bush vines planted on predominantly limestone soils at different orientations. As well as altitude, the vineyards benefit from the Atlantic's moderating influence, resulting in ripe grapes with concentrated flavours yet a distinctive freshness. The vineyards are dry farmed and certified organic, and they have been following biodynamic principles since the project’s inception.

Domaines Lupier was started in 2006 in Navarra when husband and wife team Enrique Basarte and Elisa Ucar left their jobs, took out a loan and began purchasing abandoned plots of old vine Garnacha around the village of San Martin de Unx. Domaines Lupier now owns 17 hectares across 27 separate plots of bush trained Garnacha, with the oldest site planted in 1903. Enrique and Elisa strive to produce wines with both a sense of place and time. The rugged landscape is scattered with wild herbs and flowers, which are all reflected in the wines’ subtle and complex aromatics.

Certified Organic, Practising Biodynamic, Sustainable, Vegetarian, Vegan



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