- COMMENDED (2011) Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
The small wine region of Bierzo can be found to the west of León in north-west Spain. Here, in the relatively cool climate for Spain, at altitudes up to about 800 metres, the indigenous Mencía variety is grown in vineyards generally planted on either a sandstone and slate mix or clay soils.
Losada make elegant, complex wines that are well in keeping with Spain’s ‘new wave’ approach of modern blended with traditional. They only produce estate wines, they pick and vinify the fruit on a plot by plot basis. They specifically look to employ grapes from old vineyards that are traditionally planted on clay soils, a terroir which had been relatively overlooked.
Amancio Fernández Gómez is the oenologist at Losada and has worked with the team since the start of the project in 2005 when a number of old vineyards were purchased; they moved into a new purpose-built winery in 2010 from the rented facilities they had been using, greatly increasing their vinicultural options.
Amancio believes that Mencía grapes from old vines growing on clay soils, give smoother textured wines. The acidity, which underpins these wines, merges subtly to produce wines in which elegance is a major characteristic. A hands-off winemaking approach gives maximum scope for the wines to express the character and identity of their soils. Losada prefers to differentiate its wines according to the vineyards in which the grapes are grown, rather than the amount of time they spend aged in barrel, as such they only makes reference to crianza or reserva on the back label.
Respect for nature is hard-wired into the company; currently they are still drawing up their own list of environmental measures and standards, as well as experimenting in the vineyard to produce grapes that reflect the terroir with the minimum amount of interference. Undoubtedly this will include quite a few organic and biodynamic techniques as many of these currently seem to be delivering healthy, high-quality grapes.