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"a classic among classics in a classic vintage…"
94 points. Wine Advocate

CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

Rioja is Spain's fine wine capital, an area characterised by rich tradition and wines of immense pedigree. Last September we visited this revered region to seek out some stellar estates and found a gem from one of the most renowned vintages and historic bodegas in all Spain: CVNE’s Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2010.

2010 is Wine Advocate and Vinous’s highest rated Rioja vintage to date, surpassing 2001 and 2004. Vinous calls it ‘An outstanding vintage that produced wines that combine power and vivacity’.

We fell in love with this Gran Reserva’s beautiful silky elegance, its rich and intense palate of sweet dark berry fruits and fine smoky spice, its gorgeous velvety texture and its long generous finish. We enjoyed it so much our CEO, Tom Stopford Sackville, decided there and then to buy all they had, both bottles and large formats.

Confident we had backed a winner, we were delighted to find that Vinous’s expert on Rioja, Josh Raynolds, confirmed our thoughts, ‘In the context of world-class Spanish wines, which this one is, there's truly outstanding value here,’ giving it a firm 94 points. These thoughts and score were echoed by the Wine Advocate’s leading Spanish critic Luis Gutierrez, ‘We're in for a treat with the 2010 Imperial Gran Reserva, a classic among classics in a classic vintage… A very good vintage for this bottling.’ 94 points.

At £225 per six bottles in bond this offers remarkable value for the quality. This stately Gran Reserva was aged for three years in French and American oak, then given a further four years cellar time before release. This hugely impressive effort lives up to the stellar reputation of the 2010 vintage and is a wine we are immensely proud to recommend. It can be drunk now or cellared for future enjoyment. One thing is for sure, this is a wine not to be missed.

  1. 2010 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE

    Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE
    Colour
    Red
    Producer
    CVNE
    Region
    Spain & Portugal
    Drinking
    2021-2035
    Case Size
    1x600cl
    Available Now
    2010 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE
    Colour
    Red
    Producer
    CVNE
    Region
    Spain & Portugal
    Drinking
    2021-2035
    Case Size
    1x600cl
    Available Now

      In Bond
      Case price

      £310.00 (Ex. VAT)

      Qty
      (3 in stock)

      Tasting Notes

      Goedhuis, November 2018

      The 2010 is seriously impressive. It’s a wine which comprises power, depth and concentrated fruit, all finely wrapped up with a sensational texture. Displaying aromas of dark and red forest fruits, allspice, and a sweet smoky earthy character, the palate delivers a framework of refined integrated oak and ripe tannins, along with a mouth filling richness of flavour; damson, crushed blackberries, dark morello cherries all layered and entwined with some sweet spices and mouth-watering balsamic acidity. Layered and complex, this is an exquisite offering. Delicious!

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