Currently, the Iberian Peninsula produces premium cavas that have conquered the tables of the world’s best restaurants, taking their place among the elite of the best sparkling wines. These are four of the most selected and exclusive Spanish cavas worthy of the finest gourmands.
Enoteca Gramona Brut Gran Reserva 2000
PRODUCER: Gramona // GRAPE VARIETIES: xarel·lo and macabeo // DESIGNATION: D.O. Cava
Aged for 160 months, Enoteca Gramona Brut Gran Reserva 2000 has an intense golden color. Closer to the nose, it reveals great expressiveness and depth. It boasts hints of honey, baked apples, plums, apricot, and quince, with notes of toast, nuts and marzipan. It also features distinctive earthy flavors of wild mushrooms. In the mouth, it has a charming entry, without frills, despite its opulent body. This cava is ideal to celebrate an event or simply a toast to life.
Brut Nature Turó d’en Mota 2001 Gran Reserva
PRODUCER: Recaredo // GRAPE VARIETIES: xarel·lo // DESIGNATION: D.O. Cava
Straw yellow in color with fine bubbles, its aroma highlights nuances of ripe yellow fruit: apples, pears, and lychees, and some floral notes. Due to its long aging process, hints of coffee and cocoa make their presence on the palate. Brut Nature Turo d’en Mota 2001 Gran Reserva is elegant and boasts a marked varietal character. In the mouth, it has a surprisingly refined entrance. It is dry, with nicely integrated carbon, and its aftertaste is long and mineral. It makes the perfect complement for rice and seafood, lobster, and white truffles.
Blancher Brut Nature 2008 Gran Reserva
PRODUCER: Blancher // GRAPE VARIETIES: macabeo, xarel·lo and parellada // DESIGNATION: D.O. Cava
Aged for over 30 months, it shows a straw yellow color with golden hues and fine, persistent bubbles. Close to the nose, it is complex with aromas of nuts and ripe fruits such as quince, melon, and apples. In the palate, it is fresh with perfect bubble integration and an extremely elegant and balanced finish. Blancher Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2008 is an exceptional dry cava with complex flavors. It can be paired with sushi, marinated salmon or cooked seafood, an unbeatable experience.
Torre de L’Homenatge Brut Nature Gran Reserva 1999
PRODUCER: Castell de Sant Antoni // GRAPE VARIETIES: macabeo, xarel·lo y parellada // DESIGNATION: D.O. Cava
Torre de L’Homenatge Brut Nature Gran Reserva 1999 has a minimum aging period of 130 months. Its color is bright gold, and its aroma is powerful and persistent with hints of dry fruits such as hazelnuts and macadamias nuts. It also boasts hints of candied fruit, dried flowers, and pastries. The palate is elegant and silky, with very fine bubbles that add to its creamy texture and lingering taste. This cava is the best accompaniment for an assortment of soft French cheeses. ■