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CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva, Rioja 2010

Red Wine from Spain - Rioja
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. Decant to drink now, or be patient!
Price: £42.00 Bottle
Price: £252.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SP11841

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Now to 2035
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Rioja

Rioja sits shielded in northern Spain between the mountain ranges of the Sierra de Cantabria to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda to the south. Both of these rocky ranges play their part in creating a suitable climate for the production of fine wines, shielding the region from cold winds from the Atlantic and hot winds from the Mediterranean.

Rioja is split into three sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja.

Rioja Alavesa - Bounded in the north by the craggy Sierra de la Cantabria and in the south by the Ebro river, and sitting in the foothills of the former, Rioja Alavesa feels a distinct Atlantic influence on its weather, despite the protection of the mountains. It has twice the rainfall of Rioja Baja to the south-east and enjoys cooler temperatures on average. The classic Rioja mainstay tempranillo is king here and makes up more than 80% of plantings, supported by garnacha, mazuelo (aka carignan elsewhere) and graciano for red wines, and viura, malvasia and...

Rioja sits shielded in northern Spain between the mountain ranges of the Sierra de Cantabria to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda to the south. Both of these rocky ranges play their part in creating a suitable climate for the production of fine wines, shielding the region from cold winds from the Atlantic and hot winds from the Mediterranean.

Rioja is split into three sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja.

Rioja Alavesa - Bounded in the north by the craggy Sierra de la Cantabria and in the south by the Ebro river, and sitting in the foothills of the former, Rioja Alavesa feels a distinct Atlantic influence on its weather, despite the protection of the mountains. It has twice the rainfall of Rioja Baja to the south-east and enjoys cooler temperatures on average. The classic Rioja mainstay tempranillo is king here and makes up more than 80% of plantings, supported by garnacha, mazuelo (aka carignan elsewhere) and graciano for red wines, and viura, malvasia and garnacha blanca for whites. Chalk and clay soils proliferate. Generally, the wines of Rioja Alavesa are considered the most finely balanced of Rioja reds.

Rioja Alta - Elegant reds are considered the hallmark of Alta wines. A great chunk of the major producers are based in Rioja Alta, concentrated on the town of Haro. Warmer and a bit drier than Alavesa, it also enjoys slightly hotter, more Mediterranean influenced summers and has a range of clay based soils. The reddish, iron rich clays provide a nurturing home for tempranillo while those bearing a chalkier element support the white viura well. Alluvial soils closer to the river are often home to malvasia for blending in to whites. In this area mazuelo is a regular addition to Rioja blends, providing some tannic sinew and beefing up the colour, and the reds here will often take a more significant underpinning of oak.

Rioja Baja - Most of Rioja Baja is south of the Ebro and further south and east of its neighbouring sub-regions. Summers in Rioja Baja are more often than not very warm and dry, with vineyards at lower elevations than its neighbours. Consequently soils are predominantly silt and other alluvial deposits with little chalk present, and garnacha reigns supreme among the red varieties because of its ability to deal almost effortlessly with the heat. As a rule, reds from Baja are higher in alcohol and less elegant than in Alavesa and Alta, though of course there are always exceptions and particularly so as viticulture and winemaking improves with every passing year.

RIOJA CLASSIFICATIONS AND STYLES EXPLAINED

The official Rioja classification is a guarantee of the amount of ageing a wine has undergone. Usually the best wines receive the longest maturation but this does not guarantee quality, which is why it is just as important to follow producer.

Crianza: Minimum two years (with at least 12 months in barrel)
Reserva: Minimum three years (at least 12 months in barrel)
Gran Reserva: Minimum five years (at least 24 months in barrel)

What can be confusing is that producers use different ageing techniques (for example some might use American oak, others French, others a mix of both) which will influence the style, structure and flavour of the wine. To help you find the style you like we have split the wines into the following designations.

Traditional: Fragrant, silky wines from long ageing in cask (usually American oak) and bottle; ready to drink on release.

Modern-classical: Younger, rounder wines that retain the delicious character of Rioja through cask ageing (often a mix of American and French oak) with the structure to develop in bottle.

Modern: Richer, velvety wines aged for less time in newer (usually) French oak; released earlier and may need keeping.

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CVNE

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.

Spain Vintage 2010

For Rioja there was ample winter and spring rain, indeed unfavourable weather affected vines during the flowering period especially in the case of garnacha and higher altitude vineyards, though the lower yields as a consequence have often resulted in very good quality.

Ribera del Duero was exceptional. The growing season ran smoothly with no difficulties to speak of other than a little late rain, and a good crop of healthy ripe gapes at full maturity was harvested in ideal conditions. The wines will age well. Toro too enjoyed a long ripening period resulting in good phenolic maturity in the fruit to make for an exceptional vintage.

Navarra enjoyed good spring rainfall and warm, sunny conditions leading up to the harvest and quality is very good.

In Catalonia late summer rain and some hail took the edge off the vintage but it is nonetheless good with notable performers such as Priorat, which performed very well thanks to cool nights after hot early summer days and milder warmth in...
For Rioja there was ample winter and spring rain, indeed unfavourable weather affected vines during the flowering period especially in the case of garnacha and higher altitude vineyards, though the lower yields as a consequence have often resulted in very good quality.

Ribera del Duero was exceptional. The growing season ran smoothly with no difficulties to speak of other than a little late rain, and a good crop of healthy ripe gapes at full maturity was harvested in ideal conditions. The wines will age well. Toro too enjoyed a long ripening period resulting in good phenolic maturity in the fruit to make for an exceptional vintage.

Navarra enjoyed good spring rainfall and warm, sunny conditions leading up to the harvest and quality is very good.

In Catalonia late summer rain and some hail took the edge off the vintage but it is nonetheless good with notable performers such as Priorat, which performed very well thanks to cool nights after hot early summer days and milder warmth in August. Late rain here was dried by northerly breezes.

In the south-east conditions were very good and 2010 is an excellent vintage in Jumilla, Yecla and Alicante. Catalunya also enjoyed and exceptional vintage with an extended ripening period allowing flavour development. La Mancha, in the centre of Spain, saw good spring rainfall and a steady growing season that saw the grapes ripen with freshness as well as concentrated fruit in a very good vintage.
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