White wine

CVNE, Monopole Clasico Rioja Blanco 2016

RRP 24.15 per bottle
UK Stockist
90
Tasted by
Simon Field MW

A distinctive green flute, if not German, can only mean Torres Esmeralda or – in a completely different league – the Monople Clasico, the original and far from usual 1915 style reintroduced. That is to say it’s vinified Viura blended with 15% of Manzanilla sherry, courtesy of two butts from Bodegas Hidalgo in Sanlucar. Not to everyone’s taste, perhaps, but it certainly is to mine; chamomile, almonds, yeast and late orchard citrus fruit; intimations of oxidation, old-school, but the shard of flinty acidity provides instant redemption and extraordinary satisfaction.

Drinking Window
2019 - 2024
Colour
White
Wine Style
Still
Alcohol
%
Country
Spain
Region
Rioja
Bottle size
75cl