CVNE, Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España (the Northern Spanish Wine Company), was founded in 1879 in the town of Haro in Rioja. CVNE was founded by two brothers and today is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family. Since its inception, CVNE has been focused on the production and aging of wines and now comprises of four wineries: CVNE, Imperial, Vina Real and Contino.
The famous French architect, Aleixandre Gustave Eiffel, designed this cellar. Truly revolutionary, this imposing structure provided an innovative formula to support its construction. Without columns, the roof is supported by steel trusses, running from wall to wall allowing for a large open space that significantly improved the management of barrels in the cellar, to make racking, maintenance, and monitoring of the wine barrels easier.
To commemorate the restoration of the Eiffel cellar, CVNE hired photographer Joseph Manuel Ballestar, winner of the 2010 National Photography Prize, to create a photographic record of the building’s unique technical and aesthetic qualities.
We've selected two wines we think best represent the heritage and elegance of the CVNE, and the Cune brand, to showcase in our annex this month. We wish we could have them all!
Starting with the oldest white wine brand of Spain! Monopole! Born in 1915, Monopole celebrated it's first 100 years last year, and continues to classically showcase fresh White Rioja. The celebratory 2015 vintage received 90 points from Wine Spectator. The Monopole has a seductive scent of spring, white flowers and fresh tropical fruit. In the mouth nice and long, leaving a slight acidity that gives a feeling of freshness.
And of course, the first wine of the winery to be named after its initials - the Cune Crianza! At the beginning a red 'clarete' wine was made as a fine wine in the style of the Bordeaux "Claret" produced by the great chatueax's of the Medoc. This wine formerly known as 'Tercer Año' or '3rd year', is today called 'Crianza'. The Cune Crianza is 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo. This is wine bright and elegant, very lively with some spice.
Join us as we taste Cune classics, including the 100th year celebratory 2015 Monopole and 90 point Wine Advocate 2012 Cune Crianza, with the winemaker, Gloria Zapatero, on October 15th, from 2PM-5PM at our tasting bar.