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La Cueva del Contador 2019

La Cueva del Contador

x3 -5%


/ 0.75 L btl

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

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.

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Ratings and awards

202094 SK
201995 PK95 PN94 SK
201893 PK
201794+ PK95 PN
201695 PK
201594 PN
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

I found cleaner aromas and a fresher quality and finer tannins in the 2019 La Cueva del Contador, a quite complete wine with elegance and finesse combined with power and concentration. The oak is still noticeable after 18 months in new barriques, and I'd wait a little longer before pulling the cork. It has the perfume of La Cueva in the background. It should resurface with a little more time in bottle. 10,000 bottles produced.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 95 PARKER

Customer reviews

4 reviews


Ageing period18 months
Barrel ageNew
Type of woodFrench oak

The winery

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 making...