When Buyer Beth was tipped off about this first ever Gran Reserva from a highly regarded Rioja estate, she tried it straight away. It was so good she negotiated to buy the lot at a special price. Gorgeous, mellow, long and complex with elegant fruit.
Bodegas La Emperatriz first won prizes for its wines in 1878 when it belonged to Empress Eugénie of France. Today brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz own the impressive estate, comprising 101 hectares lying high in the Rioja Alta. They make superb wines ' many have been awarded over 90 points by Wine Advocate. With extensive vineyards, they have the luxury of using only estate grown grapes and make a range of top ranking wines, but never before a Gran Reserva. It was an experiment to see how fruit produced on their arid, well drained, white stone soils would show with longer ageing. Our Buyer Beth certainly was impressed. A superb balance of complex berry fruit, vanilla oak and herby notes of dill and mint. Open early and enjoy with lamb.