CVNE Rioja DOCa Blanco 'Monopole Clasico' 2016

Article number: CVNE Rioja Blanco Monopole Clasico 16
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CVNE, abbreviation for Campaña Vinicola del Norte de España (wine campaign in northern Spain), is a 119 year old company founded in Rioja in 1879 by two brothers, and still today it is controlled by direct descendants of the founding family. It has always been focused on the production and aging of wines and now comprises of four wineries: CVNE, Imperial, Vina Real and Contino. This wine comes from the CVNE winery, which has 545 hectares and accounts for 50% of the company’s production. It is distributed between the two subregions of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, an area of calcareous clay soils, ferrous clay and alluvial soils, under the influence of the Atlantic and Mediterranean climates. “Monopole” was born in 1915, and it is the oldest white wine brand of Spain. It went out of style in the 1970’s being far overshadowed by the red wines of Rioja. CVNE decided to bring this traditional style back. Mostly viura (also known as macabeo, a staple of Cava production) with other white grapes in the blend, it is fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts, it then spends 8 months on its lees in vats and barrels. The uniqueness of this wine lies in the contribution of a small quantity of manzanilla, developed by the traditional method of biological crianza under “velo de flor”, adding aromas of chamomile, dried fruits, and a long, persistent, saline mineral finish.

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