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CVNE, Contino, Rioja Blanco 2017 (1x75cl)

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Variety: Viura | Garnacha Blanca | Malvasía
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.5%
Product Code: SPRI0124B17S
Delivery: Not Available

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in March 2019 (by Tina Gellie), see link below

CVNE, Contino, Rioja Blanco 2017 - Decanter review, March 2019

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.

2017 marked and unprecedented early completion of the harvest for the entire region of Rioja, but with a very positive balance in terms of quality. Thus, this vintage will be remembered at CVNE for being one of the earliest and shortest harvests to date, since we started picking at the end of August, approximately 20 days earlier than usual and completed harvest by mid-October.

Viura 80%, Garnacha Blanca 15%, Malvasía 5 %.

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

Contino, Blanco Rioja 2017 - fiche technique

Golden yellow in colour, clean and bright. This is a supremely elegant, complex white that has enticing floral , citrus and toasted nut aromas. Very good acidity and a delicate mouth feel. Fruity finish with persistent freshness.