Imperial Red Gran Reserva 2010

£ 250.00

(price per bottle £41.67)

General information

A grand wine for an Excellent vintage

Imperial Gran Reserva 2010 is a Riojan classic born out of the best grapes that CVNE harvests in Rioja Alta. A full-bodied wine with volume, but not lacking delicacy and harmony. A big wine which was also born from an Excellent vintage.

The CVNE Group specialises in long aging processes. Their mastery over this practice has granted them one of the greatest recognitions: their Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 was chosen as the “Best Wine of the Year 2013” by the prestigious American magazine Wine Spectator. It was the first time that a Spanish wine received this recognition: a complete milestone. Imperial Gran Reserva 2010 maintains the highest level of quality. A grand wine which arose from one of the greatest vintages in the history of Rioja, that of 2010.

Under the initials of CVNE lies the name of one of the most noteworthy Spanish wineries in the international scope. Founded in 1879, Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España still maintains its original location in the legendary Barrio de la Estación de Haro, right in the heart of Rioja Alta. The great prestige that this universal Riojan company continues to entire, considered a neoclassic in the motherland of wine, comes from very long ago, as it was one of the first national wineries to bottle wine.

During these years, CVNE has expanded its magnificent winemaking heritage and has been growing, not only in Barrio de la Estación, but also with avant-garde projects such as the creation of Viñedos del Contino and Bodegas Viña Real. Imperial is an independent winery within the original winery of CVNE in the Barrio de la Estación de Haro, intended for the exclusive production of the top wines Imperial and Real de Asúa.

About to turn a century old, Imperial is one of the most noteworthy assets in Spanish wine. Imperial Gran Reserva 2010 was conceived with grapes selected from the best vineyards of CVNE in Rioja Alta: 50 to 60-year-old strains, harvested by hand. Once in the winery (and after cold maceration to extract the aromas as much as possible) the fermentation takes place in new French oak vats. Then, it undergoes long-term aging in French and American oak, finishing with bottle aging in the century-old cellars of the winery. Ideal to accompany dishes such as Cordoban ox tail strew or braised beef round with mushroom sauce.

General Characteristics

Wine style: Red Gran Reserva

Winery: CVNE

Wine Region: D.O.Ca. Rioja

Grape varieties:

Barrel type: American and French oak barrels.

Bottle type: Bordelaise

Bottle size: 75Cl

Best before: Preferably consumed in: 2018–2026

Serving Temperature: Serving Temperature: 17ºC

Tasting Notes

Profile sheet Imperial 2010

Lovely cherry red colour, with a slight tile colouring.

On the nose, it shows great fragrant complexity with high intensity. The first notes correspond to fruity remnants (compote with black plums and blackberries) and lactic hints; later there appear notes from an exceptional aging in carefully treated wood: spiced and black chocolate echoes along with a delicate balsamic note.

On the palate, it is meaty, balanced and with magnificent flavour. Tannins of an exceptional quality (mature and silky) give the wine on the palate some magnificent tactile sensations perfectly integrated as a whole. A full-bodied wine with volume, but not lacking delicacy and harmony. Complex taste sensations (soft, toasted, fruity, very ripe, and spaced) which extend to a finish full of complexity and elegance.