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CVNE Revives an Old Classic with its New Monopole Clásico

Rioja winery CVNE has launched Monopole Clásico 2014 – two years in the making, this is a remake of the traditional style Monopole wine they used to produce over 40 years ago.

Hand made in small batches, this wine is created using a blend of white grape varieties including Viura and Palomino. It is different to the modern Monopole style in that it sees some barrel ageing in old oak and also has a small percentage of Manzanilla Sherry added for structure, with permission from the Rioja appellation. 

CVNE’s Chief Winemaker Maria Larrea created this wine with the help of Ezequiel García who was CVNE’s winemaker from the 1940s until the 1970s and was in charge of making the original Monopole wine. 

Sophie Wren, Brand Manager for CVNE at Hatch Mansfield comments, “CVNE is a winery with so much tradition, so we are very excited about the launch of this old classic. Although the original style sadly went out of fashion in the 70s when consumers were looking for more fruit forward wines, we think this wine will do very well now as we believe consumers are looking for more authentic products with heritage.”

CVNE is one of the oldest wine companies in Rioja but it still remains firmly in family control. Founded by brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, in Haro, Rioja, in 1879, it is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family, now in its fifth generation.   C.V.N.E. has three wineries in Rioja: Cune, Viña Real and Contino.