Monopole is the oldest white wine brand in Spain. Cvne has produced this wine since 1915. This 2015 Monopole Clásico, which is a wine to celebrate the centenary of the brand.
From the early 20th century to the 70s, Monopole was a staple of homes and restaurants across Spain. It was one of CVNE’s main wines. Sadly, fashion turned against it, sales fell, and production in this style ceased in the 80s.
Fresh, fine, bone dry, this wine had the peculiarity and originality of having some barrel ageing with a percentage of Sherry wine, with written permission from the Rioja appellation. The Sherry added structure to the Rioja white, while they both integrated harmoniously in barrel and later in bottle.
They have produced this wine like it was done in the good old times, adding some Manzanilla Sherry (yes, yes, you read it correctly); they top up the Viura with Manzanilla purchased from the Hidalgo family of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Not only did they add the wine, they purchased the wine in bota, so the wine is also aged in Sherry casks. It does have an amazing nose with notes of sea breeze, iodine and esparto grass. The palate is extremely tasty, but at the same time is light and fresh, with the acidity of Viura and the kick and pungency from Manzanilla.
Shiny gold yellow color. Very expressive and intense in nose
highlighting its complexity as we can find Chamomile flowers, nuts,
bakery or mineral aromas…
Its entry in the mouth is vigorous, its passage through the palate is
unctuous and velvety with a long, fresh and saline aftertaste.
Harvest 2016 in CVNE started the 19th September and finished the
We faced a year with a growing season of 161 days, in which the
quality was excellent and characterized by the absence of rainfall
from May to October. The year began with a warm and dry winter and
a rainy spring start.
A month of August with temperatures above the average and without
rain delayed the vegetative cycle but September arrived with some
precipitation giving a respite to the plant and allowing a good
maturation of the grape resulting a late harvest, of great quality and
with an excellent sanitary status.
Produced with a blend of white varieties, hand harvested in 20 kg cases at optimum ripeness. Soflty pressed, as in the 60s, the must goes into concrete tanks for their debourbage; then into stainless steel tanks for the alcoholic fermentation. Once this is completed, the wine will go with its lees into vats and botas of 300 lts and 500 lts that have been previously used by two, three or more wines. The wine ages in these recipients for around 8 months, with regular tastings. The uniqueness of this wine lies in the contribution of a small quantity of manzanilla, developed by the traditional method of biological crianza under “velo de flor”. The wines’ ageing contributes to its peculiar organoleptic characteristics, adding aromas of chamomile, dried fruits, and a long and persistent aftertaste. The marked acidity increases Monopole Clásico’s freshness.
Food Pairing Notes
It is long and lively, perfect for pairing with any type of food or even
Recommended service temperature 8 – 10º.