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Characteristics of Contador
Contador has become one of the great cult wines in Spain. The last two consecutive vintages have received the highest honour: 100 Parker points, achieved by both 2004 and 2005 vintages.
Contador is produced by the great Benjamín Romeo at Bodega Contador, a winery that is already legendary in D.O. La Rioja and it is a coupage of 94% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 3% Mazuelo. The grapes come from small plots owned by the winery, distributed in various towns in the Rioja Alavesa area: San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Briones, Ábalos and Labastida. Different soils, micro climates, locations and altitudes that allow us to experience a great wine. Very complex and rich with nuances, Contador is an expression of purity and sincerity of the earth.
According to Benjamín Romeo it is "A great wine that was born in the vineyard". It is impossible to make this wine without careful agriculture. With the objective of extracting the best possible quality, the vines are placed in a vase, leaving only one bud for each thumb. Less production, but great quality.
The harvest is done by hand and the grapes arrive at the winery in under 30 minutes so that the grapes do not lose any quality. Once in the winery, the grapes are subjected to a double selection process. Firstly they select the best bunches, and after de-stemming them, they finish the selection by picking the best grapes from the best bunches.
Benjamín Romeo´s obsession for detail has no limit. The new French oak barrels where Contador undergoes an aging for 18 months, are made from the best oak that Benjamín personally chooses. It is an exclusive wine, unique, special and they only release 5000 bottles onto the market. We recommend that you decant this two hours before enjoying it.
SightA beautiful deep ruby red colour with purple reflections. Intense and bright.NoseIntense, clean and balanced. A high concentration of ripe red and black fruit along with nice balsamic notes and spices. Mineral aromas and elegantly toasted fine woods are noticed in the background.TasteOn the palate this wine is both refined and powerful, deep and round. Fantastic balance between the fruit and the oak. Magnificent structure. A long and intense aftertaste.
SightBeautiful deep ruby red colour with violet reflections. Very bright and intense.NoseIntense, clean and balanced nasal aromas. It shows abundant notes of very ripe red and black fruit, balsamic and spicy notes and a background of mineral aromas and elegant toasted hints reminiscent of noble wood.TasteIn the palate, this wine is refined and powerful at the same time. It is deep and round. It stands out for the great balance between fruit and oak. It has a great structure. Long and intense aftertaste.
SightBright dark cherry colour wine with a high intensity.NoseThis Spanish wine shows clean, high-intensity nasal aromas. The aromas of red and black fruits are released along with notes of undergrowth and aromatic herbs. It shows a marked mineral character with a background of subtle and elegant, very noble wooden aromas.TasteIn the palate, this wine is delicate and powerful at the same time. It stands out for the great balance between the notes of fresh and ripe fruit, acidity and tannicity. Majestic, sober and elegant mid palate.
Long and intense aftertaste.
SightVery lively, intense and bright, dark cherry colour with a high robe. Highly unctuous.NoseHigh intensity nasal aromas with a wide aromatic variety. Its notes of ripe red and black fruit are dominant. They are released along with some mineral and balsamic notes. Some spicy and roasted hints are also noticed along with aromatic plant nuances and cocoa. Great evolution in the glass.TasteIn the palate, this wine is unctuous, embracing and silky. It has a long and elegant mid palate, with good, marked and ripe tannins, and a nice freshness provided by its delicate acidity. Long and persistent, very nice finish. Touching wine.
SightImpressive cherry red colour. Very bright, with high robe. Abundant load of glycerine.NoseHigh-intensity nose with many aromatic nuances. Predominance of very ripe red and black fruit together with mineral and balsamic notes. Reminiscences of aromatic herbs, cocoa, roasted hints and spices.TasteIn the mouth, it is a very unctuous, silky and embracing wine. Long and elegant mid-palate, full of creamy sensations, good and ripe tannins, with a freshness provided by a delicate, marked, deep and well-defined acidity. Long, persistent and very pleasant finish. Exciting. Sublime.
La Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.
Bodegas Contador is Benjamín Romeo: life, love for the land, roots, strictness, passion, time, results ... success. He began as a winemaker and oenologist, working for large wineries in La Rioja. However, with his personal project he has managed to get his wines on the menus of the most famous and expensive restaurants in the world. With utmost respect for the raw material and with a cultivation oriented towards maximum respect for the terroir, he started his personal project to create acclaimed red wines, authentic designer wines of low production.