Raventós i Blanc
Macabeo – Xarel.lo – Parellada
Champagne / Sparkling, Rosé
£10 to £20
A pale, subdued and elegant pink attracts you and pulls you in with its sensuality. The first aroma is clean, pure and almost crystalline; little by little citrus aromas subtly emerge with memories of fresh white fruit and a touch of cassis. The nose also gives rise to a certain creaminess, lending to its complexity. The clean, direct sensation of the nose changes radically in the mouth where it combines a smooth, voluminous and fruity texture with a pleasant freshness and fine bubbles. Driven by a very good balance, this long lingering cava stretches to a finish pleasantly reminiscent of fresh fruit.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“When Raventós i Blanc, a scion from Codorníu, left the boat in 2012, alarms really went off. They are not only one of the quality leaders in the category, they are also direct descendants of the creator of the first sparkling wine in Spain and the first president of the Cava appellation. They did not seek refuge in the Penedès appellation, but instead they want to promote the creation of a new, smaller appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia.”
93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2009 vintage).
“The outstanding 2009 De Nit (rose) has an almost hypnotic, perfect pale hue that is worth the price alone! A blend of classic Cava varieties with 5% Monastrell, it is sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vines from the estate. The nose is very subtle and very pretty with traces of rosewater and Morello cherries, all beautifully defined and drawing you in. The palate is crisp and tense on the entry: a minimalist rose cave that is based on freshness and poise rather than delivering fruit intensity. It is a delicate, very pretty, harmonious Cava rose that is sensual and alluring. Who needs Champagne when Cava can be as good as this? Drink now-2015+.”