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With a reported armada of more than 1000 private jets have already landed at Davos for the World Economic Forum, climate change appears assuredly at the forefront of everybody's agenda. The oldest and worst kept secret in this world of movers and shakers is that one is expected to schmooze briefly for the camera shots, and then retreat to the back-rooms of the profusion of five star hotels for some hard-core, old school deal-making...

Another, equally badly kept secret of this event is that, not unlike the mammoth global conferences in Vegas - showgirls from all over descend for their own special version of the Christmas rush. With accommodation upwards of 2500 euros per night it makes sense that corporate expense accounts for after-hours entertainment are tailored abundantly well to match.

Even the regional entertainment market is reporting a deluge of bookings from agencies many miles away. Presumably these lower priced services meet the less fiscally taxing demands of those who can't quite afford to own their own countries yet.

Whilst all of this remains an anthropological soap-opera for the ages - there is one thing I am very sure of. If Farmer Brown takes his tractor to town this weekend for a bit of rest and recreation - he may have to hock the tractor and a few dairy cows to get a seat at the table ...

A wine label that fails to be beset by the rigours of inflation (yet) is the range coming from CVNE in Rioja. They make a profusion of labels with 11 different options also behind the big red button, we have just landed a parcel of their hottest ticket this season - CVNE "Cune" Gran Reserva 2016 @ $50 net.

What distinguishes this particular "Cune" from the much of whatever else is made by CVNE, this is a single vineyard expression of mainly Tempranillo from some of their oldest home vines in Torrentalbo (Haro). Generally speaking there is not sufficient juice to make a single location blend - but here today - we have it.

Fermented in both steel and concrete, then languishing in a blend of French and American oak - its then bottle and left for a minimum of 36 months in the deep dark cellars of the winery in Haro, before release. Its this final piece to the matrix of the value proposition that is a total deal-maker for me. The capital expended in making a wine of this quality should necessitate a far chunkier price tag.

This is very good news for Farmer Brown in Rioja for the weekend, where I feel certain he can love ample stocks of this wine, invest the rest of his earnings in other deserving pursuits, and return home Sunday night with change in his pocket and his tractor still intact....

The Wine:
CVNE "Cune" Gran Reserva 2016 (JS 95)
(85% tempranillo, 10% graciano, 5% mazuelo)

James Suckling:
"A sweet spot in the Cune range...legendary quality, with the ability to drink now or age further in cellar. Gorgeous!" "

$50 net
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