Juan Carlos Sancha
From the Latin phrase
to do as you wish ‘Ad Libitum’,
a winemakers vision came to life.
Situated in the Najerilla Valley in the Rioja Alta, Bodega Juan Carlos Sancha
spreads over 5ha of some of the highest elevated and cool locations around. These densely planted vineyards cause the vines to stress, therefore producing fewer grapes and resulting in some of the finest expressions of Rioja in your glass. Modern and elegant, these high-quality wines are all organic.
Juan Carlos, a pioneer in the organic world and professor of enology at the University of Rioja, along with his colleague discovered and rescued and from extinction 3 minor indigenous grape varieties, Tempranillo Blanco, Maturana Tinta and Maturana Blanca. Juan Carlos and his Bodega are the first Rioja winery to make commercial wine from these lost grapes.
Ad Libitum wines once again prove that from great grapes comes great wine.
What to expect
'AD LIBITUM’, Rioja, 2021
100% Tempranillo Blanco
The nose is full of chalky and rocky minerality which is accompanied by tart citrus fruits, green mango, green start fruit, even green banana peel. The palate is super fresh with a soft chalk- like mouthfeel. Such a unique and delicious find!
'AD LIBITUM’, Rioja, 2022
100% Maturana Blanca
Waxy and mineral on the attack, softens to reveal a creamy richness with notes of sour cream, apple, peach and a touch of green starfruit. Oak presences rounds out the high acid nature of the grape. This unique and delicious wine that will appeal to all.
‘AD LIBITUM’, Rioja, 2020
100% Maturana Tinta
Juicy, sweet fruits of red and black raspberries, plums and ripe strawberry. A slight savoury note of stewed tomato with a hints of violets, cardamom and graphite. Fresh and juicy on the palate with a medium body and fine tannins. A great summer sipper!
‘AD LIBITUM’, Monastel de Rioja
‘AD LIBITUM’, Rioja, 2021
100% Monastel de Rioja
Not your typical Rioja, bright berry fruit, savory herbs, tomato leaf and pine nuts. Seamless oak silky tannins and great acidity. Rich and classy.