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Monopole Clásico Gran Reserva

Monopole gran reserva is made with grapes from our own vineyards in Villalba, a village at the foot of the Toloño mountain in the Sierra Cantabria. This mountain range protects the vines from the north winds and here the Foehn effect plays an important role in assisting grape ripening.

The plot is called  “La Plana”, meaning “flat”, but despite its name, the vineyard is planted on an east-facing slope. The vines are dry-farmed on predominantly free-draining sandy soils which cause a constant but gentle water stress in the vines. This in turn leads to low yields of loose bunches with small, concentrated berries.

Once the grapes achieved optimum ripeness, the bunches were picked by hand into small crates, this being done very early in the morning to take advantage of the coolest daily temperatures. The crates were then transported immediately to the winery where they were held in a refrigerated chamber for 24 hours to preserve aromas and avoid oxidation.

The yield of this vineyard is very low, resulting in the limited production volume of the wine. The grapes were pressed gently in a small pneumatic wine press and fermentation subsequently took place in used barrels of 300 litres and “botas” of 500 litres.

The wine has been aged for 60 months in four used Rioja barrels and 1 even older “bota”.

SCORE

95pts
R. PARKER - WINE ADVOCATE
94 pts
TIM ATKIN

DATA SHEET

Name of the Wine
Monopole Clásico Gran Reserva
Winery
Monopole
Region of Production
Rioja
Year
Gran Reserva
Grape Variety
Viura

TECHNICAL DETAILS

2014 2015
“Some years ago, we revived our classic Monopole wine, produced according to the traditional method. The first vintage of this remake was released in 2014. Some of the grapes were harvested from our vineyard in Villalba de Rioja, and the wine was produced in the same way as the Classic Monopole, involving almost 5 years of barrel ageing. A gran reserva in a class of its own. ”
Monopole Rioja DESCUBRE MÁS Monopole Rioja Monopole Rioja “CVNE has been producing Monopole in Haro since the beginning of the 20th century. The name was registered in 1915. This is the white wine with the oldest registered name in Spain. Made from Rioja Alta grapes, it is characterised by its consistent quality and clean and precise aroma. Classic, young Rioja”
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