In 1879 C.V.N.E. was founded by Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asua in Rioja. 140 years later C.V.N.E. is still controlled by the descendants of the founders.
C.V.N.E. has a clear philosophy of a constant quest for quality, the respect for tradition and the commitment to innovate. They are great believers in the importance of viticulture, farming nearly half of their Rioja red grape needs. The remainder is purchased from long-term growers in Rioja.
In 2006 C.V.N.E. initiated a bold experiment, planting double the density of vines per hectare in order to reduce the yield and increase quality.
C.V.N.E. has established an environmental policy which covers many aspects of their wine production and associated activities. They were the first wine company in Spain to achieve the double Environmental Footprint (Carbon and Water). This double Footprint helps to verify the greenhouse gas emissions as well as the direct and indirect consumption of water.
From selected vineyards in Rioja.
Monopole Clasico is made from a blend of varieties, hand harvested at their optimum ripeness and picked into 20kg boxes. The grapes are pressed gently and, as in the 1970s, the must is transferred to concrete vats where it is allowed to settle. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and once completed, the wine is racked, along with its fine lees, to used barrels to complete its ageing. These are barrels which have been used two or three times before and with capacities of 300, 400 and 500 litres. The wine remains in barrel for around 8 months with periodic tasting. The uniqueness of this wine is in the addition of a small amount of Manzanilla, which is made according to the traditional technique including a period of biological ageing under a layer of "flor" yeast.
The nose is very expressive and intensely aromatic, its great complexity standing out and revealing many aromas such as chamomile flowers, autumn fruits, nuts, patisserie and mineral notes. The palate is lively, full bodied, unctuous and velvety with a long, fresh and saline finish.