La Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE for short) is one of Rioja’s legendary bodegas. Founded in 1879, the company owns some of the region’s oldest vineyards and the wines are known for both outstanding quality and exceptional value for money.
Imperial Gran Reserva is a true Rioja classic. First made in the 1920s, it is produced only in vintages that CVNE deem to be excellent. In the vintages that make the quality cut, their best vineyards are set aside for Imperial Gran Reserva. In 2015 - the finest vintage in Rioja since 2010 - the gently sloping, south facing plots of Barbarroja and Antoñanzas were chosen. A strict selection of the best grapes takes place on the sorting table at harvest time; a further selection is made prior to blending and bottling.
Put simply, this is an awful lot of wine for the money. We tasted the wine yesterday and we think that this is pretty much the best Gran Reserva that money can buy and, at £430 per dozen in bond, this is arguably one of the best value fine wines that you can buy from any region. It is easily a match for the most famous wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero and is comparable to wines 5 to 10 times the price.