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CVNE, Contino, Blanco Rioja 2018
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.
Viura 90% and Garnacha Blanca 10%.
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Contino, Blanco Rioja 2018 - fiche technique
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.
Exel (Mark) tasting note from a trade virtual tasting with CVNE on 09.03.21: A highly elegant wine, beautifully aromatic (citrus and stone fruit). On the palate, it is very dry indeed: do recognise that the acidity is cracklingly high at the moment relative to the (intendedly) low residual sugar level. For some, it will be too dry to enjoy immediately. The acidity will soften in the next two years, and it will be in fine harmony, in my view, by mid-2022. It works well with food already, however, where the acidity/dryness are offset. What that acidity gives you here ia a white Rioja that will age beautifully and develop over 15 years. Get ready for great and rich nuttiness after 2030!