Sherry 1918 Lustau Almacenista
Lustau Almacenista, Fine Sherry, Oloroso
Provenance: Calais, 2/5/1999
The world 'Almacenista' in Spanish litterally means storekeeper or stockholder. In the specific Jerez context, the expression has been officially defined and protected within the Regulations of the Sherry Coouncil or Governing Body. Traditionally, the Almacenistas of Jerez have always stored and matured the finest Sherries on behalf of shippers and exporters. However, the House of Lustau have now selected a small range of dry, authentic and classical Sherries from the Almacenistas of Jerez - for the first time offered unblended to preserve their true glory. Quantities are, understandably, very limited as the Almacenistas themselves are often reluctant to part with their 'collectors' items'.
Well before the Roman conquest some 2,200 years ago, the area around Cadiz, Spain already boasted a flourishing grape-growing and winemaking tradition. Canaanites, who founded the city around 900 b.c., brought vines and the winemaking trade with them. Greeks added to this knowledge and during Rome’s rule from about 200 b.c. to 100 a.d., Cadiz’s wine industry transformed from a local industry to a phenomenon throughout the known world. Vintages from the area around southern Spain soon were being shipped throughout the Empire. The drink that would become the sherry we know today was a favorite among the Roman elite.