Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1970 CVNE Gran Reserva Rioja Horizontal, including 1-bottle of 1970 CVNE "Imperial" Gran Reserva Rioja (94RP, 93DC, 92JG) and 1-bottle of 1970 CVNE "Viña Real" Gran Reserva Rioja (94JG, 94RP). Of the 1970 CVNE "Imperial" Gran Reserva Rioja,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "The 1970 Imperial Gran Reserva reveals a brick/garnet rim. The bouquet is lovely showing the results of extended cellaring. Exceptionally refined and ethereal, notes of cinnamon, dried fruits, and other spices lead to an elegant, savory, fully intact wine that is a pleasure to drink. (JM)" (06/2010)
This lot contains the following items:
1970 CVNE "Imperial" Gran Reserva Rioja (qty: 1)
1970 CVNE "Viña Real" Gran Reserva Rioja (qty: 1)
The 1970 Imperial Gran Reserva reveals a brick/garnet rim. The bouquet is lovely showing the results of extended cellaring. Exceptionally refined and ethereal, notes of cinnamon, dried fruits, and other spices lead to an elegant, savory, fully intact wine that is a pleasure to drink. (JM)
Toast, liquorice root, leather and sweet strawberry. A legendary vintage in Rioja, 49 years old at this point, and full of beautiful tertiary flavours of cured leather and autumn leaves. A reminder of just how well these wines can age, this is one to savour if you are lucky enough to find a bottle. (JA)
The 1970 Imperial Gran Reserva is not far off the pace set by the beautiful Viña Real and is drinking at its absolute peak at the present time. The deep, pure and utterly enchanting nose wafts from the glass in a fine mélange of plums, cherries, a touch of fresh nutmeg, a lovely base of soil, Rioja spice tones and coconutty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and beautifully transparent, with a fien core, impressive complexity and breed and excellent length and grip on the focused and à point finish. A beautiful bottle of fully mature, classic Rioja, the 1970 Imperial Gran Reserva still had plenty of life ahead of it. It is a touch more elegant than the 1970 Viña Real Gran Reserva, but does not possess that superb wine’s same depth and complexity.
Very good. Warm, wet summer. Deep ruby with lots or evolution at the rim. Big leap of maturity from the 1985 and 1970 – but apparently the vintages weren’t that great. Lovely evolution on the nose. Sweet, briary, jewelly. Round and robust. Still very much alive and kicking. Excellent life and roundness. Still masses of acidity and tannin too!. 18.5/20 points. (JR)
The 1970 Viña Real Gran Reserva is a beautiful bottle of Rioja that has still not reached its apogee of peak maturity- even at age forty-four! The excellent nose still has more development to come with further bottle age, but offers up a pure and still fairly primary blend of cassis, dark berries, cigar smoke, nutskin, just a whisper of barnyard, Rioja spice tones and a beautiful base of dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with tangy acids, still a bit of backend tannin and outstanding focus and grip on the long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. This is an outstanding vintage of Viña Real Gran Reserva, but I would be tempted to give this still a few more years of bottle age before having at it in earnest, as this wine is still climbing! Fine, fine juice.
The 1970s saw major changes in Rioja: the first "modern" wines were produced by Marqués de Cáceres, Remelluri and Contino, and the aging time in wood for wines was shortened in general. Until then, six years in barrique was the norm (almost the minimum) for reds, and this time was shortened during the 1970s and 1980s until the approximate two years of today. The breakdown by variety was about 40% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha and 20% of the rest, mainly Mazuelo and Graciano. 1970 was a very famous vintage in Rioja, the one that provoked the extension of the vineyards...his was a very ripe vintage, and the wine seems to be aging faster than other vintages, with a little sweet fruit, ripe and fully resolved. The 1970 Viña Real Gran Reserva was bottled in February 1975. There was a bit of discussion about this wine, as it was one of the most anticipated vintages. At this age, of course, there are no more great vintages, but great bottles. The wine is definitely polished and fully resolved, in fact I think it might be slowly fading out. Notes of iodine, leather and brick dust and a soft palate reveal a wine that is complex and balanced. (LG)
Excellent vintage. Dark crimson. Dried out nose on first bottle. Pure curry powder on the second. Then very rich fruit – gorgeous! Really stonkingly seductive. Big and bold. (JR) 18/20 points