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Castell Sant Antoni Torre de l'Homenatge 2003

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€49.90

Castell Sant Antoni Torre de l'Homenatge 2003

Characteristics

  • Vintage. 130 meses en botella.
  • Bottle size:
  • 75 cl
  • Percentage of Alcohol:
  • 11.5

Score

P 92
Parker Score 92
ñ 94
Peñín Score 94
94
Enterwine Score 94
93
Media rating 93

Details

Right at this moment, some of Catalonia's best Cava brands are engaged in a struggle to produce top-quality, world-class Cavas worthy of comparison with the best French Champagnes. These, of course, are very good news for us, wine lovers.

Well, Castell Sant Antoni Torre de l'Homenatge 2003 is the latest contestant to enter the competition -and a very serious one for that matter.

This is a truly exceptional sparkling wine which is only produced in exceptional vintages. Last edition of it, incidentally, was the 1999 vintage.

As for this vintage, suffice it to say that 2003 was a very tough year in Penedès, with above-average temperatures and long periods of drought. At the end, however, the quality of the grapes was nothing less than exceptional.

This Cava is made from a blend of 50% Xarel·lo, 25% Macabeo and 25% Parellada coming from vines more than 50 years old located in the "El Sot" family estate, owned by the Castell Sant Antoni winery since 1963.

Harvested by hand and carefully selected, the grapes were meticulously vinified and bottled. Following the traditional method, the wine was then added sugar and selected yeasts in order to complete secondary fermentation. Finally, Castell de Sant Antoni Torre de l'Homenatge 2003 was aged for a minimum of 120 months prior to its commercial release.

Being an age-worthy product with a minimum life expectancy of 5 years, it is important to note that the best days of this Cava are yet to come.

Despite this fact, this sparkling wine already got a score of 92 Parker points.

Additional Information

Appearance

Bright, clean, straw-yellow colour with golden tinges.

Nose

Marvelously complex. An enticing display of baked apples, pear compote, candied fruit, orange rind, dried apricot, toasted almonds and nut shell, combined with notions of withered flowers, toasted bread, herbal remembrances, a dash of Eastern spices and a dim mineral background.

Palate

Mouth-filling, and really intense, but also extraordinarily supple. The wine proudly shows a silky and smooth body sustained by a steely backbone of acidity. In the mouth, a mind-blowing parade of flavours that goes from the most luscious, fruity sensations to deep mineral undertones. Perfectly integrated bubbles and seemingly unending finish with prominent notes of fruits and flowers.

Our personal opinion

Castell Sant Antoni Torre de l'Homenatge 2003 is, to put it simply, a treasure island wine.

OTHER VINTAGES No
Year 2003
Type of Sparkling Wine Brut nature
Denomination of Origin (DO) Cava
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 9-11ºC
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? No
Organic No
Is this product free of sulfites? No
Ageing Vintage
Number of months aged in the bottle 130
Parker Score 92
Peñin Score 94
Our Score 94
Media rating 93
Other guides No
Name of Award No
Mono-Varietal No
Percentage of variety “Xarel·lo”:”50” “Macabeo”:”25” “Parellada”:”25”
Pairings Baked whitefish, Cod, Curred fish, Light hors d´oeuvres, Poultry, Rice with fish, Risotto, Roasted fish, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Roasted turkey, Roasted white meats, semi-curred cheese, Soft pasta cheese
Taste Complex and Elegant, Fine bubbles and Fresh, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
  1. of this cava review by Great admirer on 6/15/2018
    Value

    Nobody talks about this cava, but to my mind it is up there with the best. Absolutely first-rate!!

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