2005 Imperial Gran Reserva in Jero

Founded in 1879 in Rioja, CVNE is a remarkable producer – a dynamic yet traditional organisation offering truly memorable wines with unbeatable value. Their extraordinary, penicillin-lined ancient cellars are packed to the rafters (quite literally) with peacefully slumbering barrels and bottles, just waiting for their chance to shine. And when they finally get their moment, they do so in epic style with layers of remarkable spice-soaked, fruit-rich flavours and bewildering aromatics.

That moment has arrived for a parcel of rare jeroboams of the brilliant 2005 Imperial Gran Reserva. As across much of Europe’s prime wine-growing regions, 2005 was a benevolent year for Rioja which delivered wines  which are both structured and elegant – perfect for ageing in big bottles!

CVNE has three separate estates and ‘Imperial’ is their Rioja Alta vineyard holding, named after the special ‘pint’ bottling done for the English market back in the 1920s. This is the westernmost part of Rioja, where the climatic influence comes primarily from the Atlantic and the soil is rich in iron, limestone, and clay, along with nutrients deposited in the region by the tributaries of the Ebro River.

Imperial’s style can be described as very seductive, having great density yet a silky structure, which is key to its ageing potential. A recent vertical tasting with vintages like 1995, 1988, 1976, 1968 and 1953 showed the Imperial Gran Reserva to have amazing ageing potential, showcasing it as one of the greatest names in Spain.

  • Price: £885.00 per case
  • Pack Size: 3 x 3.0L
  • Status: IB
  • Quantity: 5 Cs
  • ETA: June 2019
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Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate
95

The 2005 Imperial Gran Reserva is firing on all cylinders. Smoked cured meats, balsamic notes of beeswax, antique shop and incense define the complex and elegant nose. The medium-bodied palate reveals an impressively powerful wine which manages to feel light on its feet. I needed to swallow a bit of wine to make sure; yes, it’s truly elegant and classic. This is a great wine, which transports you to the old Grand Reservas of yesteryear. It delivers great quality at a great price Drink 2016-2023. Robert Parker #210 Dec 13 <>

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