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La Cueva del Contador 2018

La Cueva del Contador

2018
Rioja (Spain)

As regards some wines it's difficult to categorise one as the first and the other as the second beca...

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£61.45

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for La Cueva del Contador 2018

Type

Wine Red Crianza

Origin

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

15.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2018

Review

As regards some wines it's difficult to categorise one as the first and the other as the second because, aside from obvious differences, certain second distinctly resemble the so-called first wines; that's the case with La Cueva del Contador.

Of course, the star at Bodega Contador and Benjamín Romeo's premier wine is Contador, without a shadow of a doubt; it has been right from the start and more famous still, ever since the 2004 and 2005 vintages were awarded Robert Parker's coveted 100 points. How close is La Cueva's resemblance to the great wine? They differ but both are magnificent. Contador's greatness isn't easy to achieve, the outcome of a selection process that's even more rigorous and precise; seeking the finest expression of this part of the Rioja terroir, but one shouldn't for one moment underrate the quality and elegance of La Cueva del Contador. In respect of quality-price ratio, La Cueva is a little... or maybe a medium, Contador, apart from being the wine that laid the foundations of Benjamín Romeo's highly individualistic work, based on love for the land, discerning judgement and passion.

A respect for one's roots can be observed in the actual names: both Cueva del Contador and Contador itself have been named after the caves where wines used to be made in the past in many La Rioja towns, caves that were hollowed out of the hillsides and which can still be seen today; it was the 'contador' one that controlled the entry and exit of the wineskins.

Benjamín Romeo's superb judgement and passion can be discerned in the glass: revealing a profound and floral nose, La Cueva del Contador is an exuberant and powerful wine yet having a pure and refined profile, with great balance and freshness, in which the fruit always takes precedence over the ageing notes, aromas of fresh, ripe red and black fruits; the fine integration of the oak in this wine is quite remarkable. Excellent work done by this exceptional winemaker, an outstanding vine grower above all.

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Customer reviews

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by: Nuno Cat (09/02/2018) - Vintage 2015

Really good

Very nice wine. with a interesting price for money ratio. Muy buen vino con una relación precio por dinero interesante.

by: Patrick (16/06/2018) - Vintage 2015

Très bon

Le second vin de Contador, icône mondialement reconnue de la viticulture espagnole, dans un grand millésime comme 2015. A oublier quelques années en cave pour encore plus de plaisir

Bodega Contador

Bodega Contador

Love of the land, respect for deep-rooted traditions, excellent judgement… and passion, lots of passion. Bodega Contador is the very personal commitment that Benjamín Romeo has made to the lands of La Rioja, a young vine grower with an innovative spirit, very well-versed in French and Spanish oenology, and with considerable experience behind him. Involved in the whole process of making his wines (from pruning to designing the labels, and choosing the oak wood used in makin...