Everything you'd look for in a Gran Reserva: serious, dense and showing old vine concentration. Sweet liquorice, blackberry and bramble flavours with a splash of oak and chalky intensity. Outstanding.
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
The C.V.N.E. Company, or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalise on the flourishing new trade in wine. C.V.N.E. is based in Haro’s traditional Barrio de la Estación district, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days. By 1900, the winery had an extraordinary ageing capacity of 80,000 bottles, which was most unusual at the time, as most wineries sold their wines as soon as possible.
CVNE is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family, now in its fifth generation. CVNE. has a number of wineries in Rioja, including Cune, Viña Real and Contino. But the undoubted jewel in the crown is Imperial, produced only in exceptional vintages, and with grapes from the best plots in their vineyards.