Have you tried Lustau Sherry? The Lustau brand comes from well known Jerez wine producer Emilio Lustau and includes both Sherry wine and Spanish brandy. Whether it’s a Lustau Sherry or brandy that you’re after, there is something in the range to suit every taste. This quick guide will tell you everything you need to know about the most popular Lustau products.

 

Where does Lustau Sherry come from?

Lustau Sherry is produced in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, by leading producer Emilio Lustau. The origins of Emilio Lustau date back to 1896 when the winery was established by one Don José Ruiz-Berdejo. The Don’s wine estate, Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, was located on the outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera and was the basis for the wines now known as Lustau Sherry.

 

3 Lustau Sherry products you’re going to want to try

When we say “products”, these are Sherry wines and Jerez brandies. Both categories share grapes as their raw material. The Lustau Sherry wines are fortified during fermentation, while the brandies are distilled to a considerably higher alcohol content. Whether you’re in the mood for a fortified wine or something even stronger, we’re sure that there’s a Lustau Sherry or brandy for you.

1. A Lustau Sherry not from Jerez: Manzanilla Papirusa

Sherry wines that are labelled as “Manzanilla” have undergone their ageing not in Jerez de la Frontera, but in the coastal town of Sanlucar de Barrameda. Production is identical to that of standard Sherry, though the specificities of the climate here – cooler and more humid weather – give the wines their own distinct character. This Lustau Sherry has a distinctively tangy aroma and some saltiness.

Alcohol content: 15%
Serve between 6ºC and 12ºC
Optimal consumption period: 2017-2022
Best served in Sherry Glass
Pairing: Blue Cheese, Chocolate, Desserts, Ice Cream, Pastry.

2. A Fino-style Lustau Sherry: Fino Jarana

Fino Sherry, you may remember, is a style of dry Sherry aged under a layer of yeast known as flor. This Lustau Sherry is a rather typical Fino, showing a signature pale lemon colour and boasting aromas of almonds, herbs and yeast. There is some saltiness and tanginess here, though it’s less pronounced than with the Lustau Manzanilla above.

Alcohol content: 15%
Serve between 6ºC and 12ºC
Optimal consumption period: 2017-2022
Best served in Sherry Glass
Pairing: Blue Cheese, Chocolate, Desserts, Ice Cream, Pastry.

3. A classic Spanish brandy: Lustau Solera Reserva

If a Lustau Sherry isn’t quite what you’re after, how about a Lustau brandy? Spanish brandy is all about two regions, Jerez and Penedès. Lustau’s brandy is, naturally, from Jerez. Here, they age their brandies just like their Sherries, in the complex and unique solera system. This one is a Reserva brandy, so regulations state it must be aged for at least a year in the solera. The producers have gone above and beyond, however, and Lustau Solera Reserva has actually been aged for three years. The American oak barrels in which it was aged for previously used for Oloroso Sherry, so this brandy shares a lot of the flavours traditionally associated with that style of Sherry, including toffee, leather, spice and nuts.

Alcohol content: 40%
Best served in Brandy Glass
Have you tried a Lustau Sherry before? Share your tasting notes and recommendations below!

 

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