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CVNE, Contino, Rioja Graciano 2015 (1x75cl)

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Variety: Graciano
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.0%
Availability:4 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
No further stock available
Product Code: SPRI1078B15S
£42.00

Awarded a high 17.5 points (of 20) by www.JancisRobinson.com (reviewed by Tim Jackson MW) in August 2020 (tasted May 2020), see link below

CVNE, Contino, Rioja Graciano 2015 - JancisRobinson.com review, August 2020

"One of the few varietal Gracianos, the 2015 Graciano fermented in 10,000-liter oak vats with a specific strain of yeast they have been using for over a decade now. The wine matured in brand new French and 10% Hungarian oak barrels for a period of 15 months. It's dark, powerful, ripe and heady, a year when Graciano ripened to perfection and produced one of those thick, hedonistic and concentrated fruit bombs aided by a generous dose of oak and toast, with dark aromas of ripe berries, licorice, peat and graphite. The one characteristic that sets it apart is its wild acidity, almost citrusy, and surprisingly round and lush tannins. A decadent, concentrated and modern Graciano for the long haul. 5,602 bottles were filled in July 2017". 93 pts, Wine Advocate, Feb 18.

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The CVNE (pronounced "coo-neh") 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.

CVNE is based in Haro’s traditional Barrio de la Estación (Railway Station) 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 three wineries in Rioja: Cune, Viña Real and Contino. In June 2017, CVNE purchased the renowned Catalonia winery Roger Goulart, dating back to 1882, located in the world-famous DO Cava region.

Contino was established in 1973 and was the first single estate or chateau in Rioja, where all the fruit for the wines comes from the 63 hectare estate surrounding the winery in Rioja Alavesa, north of the river Ebro. Contino has established a cult like following producing wines with a sense of place, elegance and longevity.

The history of the property dates from the 16th century, and is reflected in its name. The “Contino” was the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family "de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards.

Fast forward to recent history, in August 2017 Jorge Navascués was appointed as the head winemaker of the estate taking over the reins from Jesus Madrazo. Jorge brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years of winemaking on various projects around Spain. 2018 is the first vintage that Jorge and his team have been in charge for the full growing season and the resulting wines are fabulous, continuing the great level of quality that the estate is famous for, with his own imprint in the wines focussing on enhancing the elegance of the wines.

For producer's own fiche technique/technical and tasting note, please click on link below.

Contino, Graciano Rioja 2015 - fiche technique

Graciano 100%.

Intense and bright cherry red colour. Explosive in nose with fruity and spicy aromas perfectly balanced with the toasts of the wooden tanks. Inside the mouth, the entrance is refreshing with a strong body, high acidity and long and velvety tannins.