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The Society's 150th Anniversary Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

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Gran reservas are only made in outstanding vintages and 2004 is one of the finest in Rioja’s history, and so is ideal for our 150th birthday celebrations. This release from CVNE is made from tempranillo (85%), graciano (10%) and mazuelo (5%), grown in vineyards located around the best villages of Rioja Alta. This extraordinary wine spent three years in American and French oak before being allowed to develop gracefully and slowly in bottle. Deep mahogany in colour with smoky, savoury perfume and fleshy, plump texture, this has a finish that lasts and lasts. Best enjoyed after decanting. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £85.00 Bottle
Price: £510.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SP9031

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2034
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

More on the wine

This is an exquisite gran reserva Rioja from one of the region's best vintages of the last 50 years. We were able to convince CVNE to release a quantity of their top wine – Imperial Gran Reserva – for members to enjoy as part of The Society's 150th anniversary. It is neatly 20 years old, and has developed gracefully and slowly in bottle. Gran Reserva Rioja, aged for a minimum of five years, is the ultimate expression of the region’s vintage and represents Spain’s finest wines. After its time in barrel this is only just released now, eleven years after vintage.


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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