CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva, 2005

Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain

CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva, 2005

Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain



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Grape Varietes: Tempranillo 85%, Graciano 10%, Mazuelo 5% Wine Style: Savoury Reds Winemaker: Eva de Benito Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Code: 102753
Estate Notes

CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 was purchased in its original case.

CVNE is quite a mouthful in the both the glass and in its full name: Compagna Vinicola del Norte de Espana. The estate was established in the 19th century by two brothers from the Real de Asua family, and has been at the heart of the Rioja scene ever since, combining tradition and history with innovative approaches. Today it is renowned for its modern style Riojas under the control of the fifth generation of Real de Asuas.

The Imperial Gran Reserva is a rich, full-bodied style with great aging potential.


“The 2005 Imperial Gran Reserva is firing on all cylinders. Smoked cured meats, balsamic notes of beeswax, antique shop and incense define the complex and elegant nose. The medium-bodied palate reveals an impressively powerful wine which manages to feel light on its feet. I needed to swallow a bit of wine to make sure; yes, it’s truly elegant and classic. This is a great wine, which transports you to the old Grand Reservas of yesteryear. It delivers great quality at a great price. CVNE seems to have improved its basic range of wines in the last few years, which is very good news, as they seem to be readily available and with attractive prices. The Imperial Gran Reserva is back at the helm of quality.”

“Deep red. Heady aromas of cherry, redcurrant, vanilla and rose oil, with a smoky nuance and a hint of cured tobacco. Sappy, penetrating, appealingly sweet red fruit flavors put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. This impressively balanced and focused gran reserva finishes with silky tannins and excellent cut and persistence. One for the cellar.” Josh Reynolds

"...the brightest jewel in CVNE’s Haro crown is Imperial..." Decanter