2004 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE - 6x75cl
11A4RIRC6PK _ 2004 - Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE - 6x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer CVNE
  • Region Rioja
  • Drinking 2014 - 2034
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available Now

2004 - Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE - 6x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer CVNE
  • Region Rioja
  • Drinking 2014 - 2034
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available Now
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Case price: £919.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
Equivalent Bottle Price: £153.20 Duty Paid inc VAT
Case price: £750.00 In Bond
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  • Wine Advocate, June 2010, Score: 92+

    The 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. Deep crimson-colored, it gives up aromas of toast, spice box, espresso, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it displays a plush texture, ripe flavors, excellent volume and concentration, and a relatively forward personality. It will be approachable in 2-3 years and will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2024.

  • Josh Raynolds, September 2012, Score: 93

    Bright-rimmed ruby-red. Heady red and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, Indian spices and vanillin oak, with a potent floral quality. Stains the palate with sweet cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up anise, cola and vanilla bean accents that build with air. Supple, sweet and expansive on the finish, which leaves smoke and cherry pastry notes behind.

  • Decanter, April 2024, Score: 96

    Everything that one would wish for in a mature Rioja on the cusp of its third decade; a beguiling aromatic of chamois leather, hearthside and mature wild strawberry, all echoed on the palate with the added dimensions of firm resilient acidity and fine buttressing (never intruding) tannins to steady the ensemble. Quite a piece of work too, powerful yet oh so poised. A classic. Vying with 2001 for the title of top Rioja vintage of the decade, 2004, on this showing, is favourably positioned. Drin 2024-2035.



Historic Rioja house, which includes the estates of Vina Real, Contino, Imperial, and Cune. They pride themselves on incorporating Rioja's tradition and modern innovation. C.V.N.E. stands for Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (The Northern Spanish Wine Company). It was established in 1879 and is still run by the same family today, now in its fifth generation.



By far the best known of Spain's wine regions is Rioja, which takes its name from the rio(river) Oja, a tributary of the river Ebro. Lying in the north of the country, along the Ebro valley, the area is sheltered from rain-bearing Atlantic winds by the dramatic Sierra de Cantabria to the north and west. The hilly vineyards are interspersed with orchards, poplars and eucalyptus trees. Rioja is further divided into three sub-regions - Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. The first two are best regarded, with vines planted on cool slopes with clay and limestone soils. The permitted grape varieties for Rioja are tempranillo, which is grown extensively in Rioja Alta and Alavesa and will form the backbone of all the best wines, garnacha, widespread in Rioja Baja and used to add body to the blend, and mazuelo (carignan) and graciano, both grown in miniscule proportions. The key to understanding Rioja is the technique used to mature the wine. Unlike most other areas of Europe, American oak barrels are used which give the wines their characteristic soft vanilla, almost coconuty flavour. Historically the wines were aged for periods far longer than legally required, until all the fruit character had died down and the end result was a light, tawny-coloured wine dominated by oak flavours. Although there are still supporters of this classic style, far more producers are making wines in a more modern way, allowing the dark berry fruit flavours to burst through balanced by a more judicious use of oak ageing and often opting for French oak now.