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CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva, Rioja 2017

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A magnificent Rioja and one of the great wines from this famous Spanish region. The fine tobacco aroma and spicy oak supports the intense sweet fruit character of tempranillo, graciano and mazuelo. Aged for two years in barrel. The 2017 is dense, concentrated and appealing now in its youth. Decant to drink now or cellar with ease.
Price: £52.00 Bottle
Price: £312.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SP19741

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2037
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural


CVNE remains one of the most reliable bodegas in Rioja, producing classy wines with very good ageing potential. Founded in 1879 in Haro by brothers Raimundo and Eusebio Real de Asúa, the Compañía del Vinícola del Norte España continues to remain in family ownership. The wines within the CVNE range include Viña Real, Contino and the CVNE bodega itself in Haro. There is a clear distinction between these three in terms of wine style.

For the CVNE wines, the grapes are grown in the Rioja Alta district, all picked by hand and include vineyards planted to the main Rioja red grapes (tempranillo, garnacha, mazuelo and graciano). There is a vast array of wines bottled under the CVNE label but by far the most important in quality terms is the Imperial label which has become one of Rioja’s most famous names since it was first produced in the 1920s. The Imperial Reserva tends to be a blend of around 80% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 10% mazuelo which is aged for two years in American and French oak, then a further two in bottle before release. The Gran Reserva, an absolute classic Rioja only released in the best vintages, spends three years in barrels and released with at least a further four years in bottle.

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