2011 Imperial Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja

The 2011 CVNE Imperial shows exactly why this wine is so highly prized. It offers spice and deep, rounded fruit, notes of tobacco and dried herbs, alongside precise acidity and a beautiful texture. An outstanding Rioja.

Critic score
94.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
Report
2 available
£44.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Rioja, Spain
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2011 Imperial Gran Reserva, CVNE, Rioja

TASTING NOTES

I'm always looking forward to tasting CVNE's Gran Reserva bottlings, especially the 2011 Imperial Gran Reserva, as the year was highly praised, and I was very curious to see how it behaved. It's a classical blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo that matured in barrel for two years. It has good depth and complexity in the nose, nicely layered, very balsamic and tertiary. It feels elegant and harmonious. The palate is surprisingly fresh and vibrant, with finesse, freshness, fine and mostly resolved tannins and a fine thread of acidity that holds and lifts up the finish. 50,000 bottles were filled in June 2014.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (February 2018)
93+/100

… this is the latest in a series of brilliant Imperial Gran Reservas: serious, dense, and showing old vine concentration, with sweet liquorice, blackberry and bramble flavours, a lick of oak and chalky intensity.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (January 2018)
96/100