WHAT? 1er Cru Chablis quality for under $20?!? 2013 La Antigua by CVA Classico Blanco

August 5, 2016
Heather Marshall


Good Morning,

It’s unbearably muggy outside. Can you think of anything better than a glass of mouthwateringly fresh white wine?

If it has a ripe core of pure, focused fruit, all the better. Add a brilliant streak of crisp minerality, at once chalky and precise on the palate, and we’re really getting somewhere.

What if you could have all of this for under $20?

Today’s wine hits all the marks with aplomb; a gorgeous white to open with abandon that will never fail to impress.

Especially if you love 1er Cru Chablis.

La Antigua by CVA might just be the finest expression of the Viura grape in the world. The 2013 is very Chablis-like in style with crisp minerality and a rich, uber-nuanced palate; it reminds me of a cross between St. Aubin and finely aged Les Clos. Whatever it is, it’s a beautifully complete wine, drinking perfectly right now and an absolute steal at this price.

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More About the Wine:

The local Rioja farmers thought they were out of their minds.

But Patrick Mata and Alberto Orte, founders of Ole Imports, are anything but crazy. With an eye on the unwanted, old, gnarly vines growing in the steep hills above Rioja Alta in the small sub-zone of Sierra de La Demanda, they hatched a plan: resuscitate the priceless vines scattered in small patches across the hillsides with painstaking attention, harvest each small lot by hand and vinify each separately.

Though tempted to quit many times over, with the jeers of local growers echoing in their minds, they persisted and the backbreaking work paid off. Those precarious north-facing hillside vineyards of Sierra La Demanda are cooler than the rest of the Rioja valley – cooler even than any other spot in coveted La Rioja Alta. The grapes are able to ripen slowly, showing focused flavors alongside remarkable balance. The wines of La Antigua by CVA are utterly unique wines of place, with exceptional precision, minerality and longevity.

The 2013 La Antigua by CVA Classico Blanco is made from 80% old-vine Viura and 20% old-vine Garnacha Blanca from chalky, limestone soils. Aged 14 months in a combination of neutral French and American cooperage, the wine is stunningly layered with a finish that just doesn’t quit.

I would love to slip this into a blind tasting of Premier Cru Chablis. My guess? It would absolutely clean up. Don’t miss this ringer at a back-the-truck-up price

2013 La Antigua by CVA Classico Blanco

“Spicy and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense orchard and pit fruit aromas that are sharpened by a smoky mineral element. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering sappy nectarine and pear flavors and a suggestion of orange pith. Finishes dry, chewy, stony and very long, with building spiciness and a touch of fennel.” – 90 pts., Josh Raynolds, Vinous

All orders are subject to confirmation and allocation, based on demand. Wine is in house now.

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