An outstanding Cava Gran Reserva, one of the best available on the market, Gramona Celler Batlle is made from a blend of 75% Xarel.lo and 25% Macabeo, two native varieties with a great ageing potential.
Located in the Font Jui estate (which bears the Paraje Calificado distinction), the organically and biodynamically farmed vineyards grow in sandy-clay soils. Climate is Mediterranean.
After a manual harvest, the grapes were meticulously selected and pressed whole bunch. Traditionally vinified, this Gran Reserve Brut Cava by Gramona was bottled in order to complete secondary fermentation, and subsequently aged in the cellar for 120 months.
Manually disgorged, the final step was the addition of a shipping liquor coming from a centenary solera, one of the Gramona family's most treasured possessions.
Produced only in exceptional vintages and winner of several national and international awards, properly stored this Cava will improve in the bottle for many years.
Drink Gramona Celler Batlle 2009 from now until 2028-30.
Open the bottle 1 hour before drinking.
The Cava Gramona Celler Batlle has a very bright, clean straw yellow colour with some golden tinges.
Extremely complex, this Brut Gran Reserva aged for 10 years suggests some rich notes of white fruit and aromatic herbs -laurel, thyme-, nuanced by subtle, endlessly evolving hints of aniseed, white roses, pastry, butter, bread crust, bitter almonds, English custard and toffee. This Spanish sparkling wine by Celler Gramona has an impressively elegant nose.
After almost 10 years in the cellar, Celler Batlle is still young, with a palate dominated by fruit. Smooth, tiny bubbles, real depth and great acidity. Texture is phenomenal, and it caresses the palate in a most gentle way. Totally controlled and focused, with a remarkable ageing potential. This blend of Xarel·lo & Macabeo has a great finish with remembrances of almonds, pastry, aromatic herbs, citrus and white flowers.
|Our personal opinion||
Already a world-class sparkling wine, it is worth noting that Gramona Celler Batlle Gran Reserva 2009 hasn't reached its prime yet.
Gramona Celler Batlle 2006:
Enterwine 95. Peñín 96. Parker 93. Decanter 94.
Gramona Celler Batlle 2005:
Aged for 115 months. Peñín 97. Parker 94. Anuario El País 97. Guía Repsol 96. Guia de Vins de Catalunya 9.76/10.
Gramona Celler Batlle 2004;
Blend of 70% Xarel·lo and 30% Macabeo, aged for 96 months. Parker 94, Peñín 97.
|Type of Sparkling Wine||Brut|
|Denomination of Origin (DO)||Cava|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Number of months aged in the bottle||120|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Xarel·lo 75%, Macabeo 25%.|
|Pairings||Alone, Baked whitefish, Blue cheeses, Boullabaise, Caviar, Cod, Cured cheeses, Curred fish, Fish and gravey, Foie Gras, Goat cheese, Grilled fish, Oysters, Puff pastries, Roasted foods, Roasted pork, Roasted red meats, Soup and rice, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stew, Sweet pastries, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Creamy with fine bubbles|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
A truly remarkable sparkler that really deserves the attention of the serious drinker. Not a wannabe Champagne, this has complete confidence in itself and says clearly and loudly what it has to say.
This is a world-class sparkler. In a way, it is more Champagne than Cava, because it lacks that bone-dry, super-zippy side of the great brut nature Cavas. Anyway, it is a must for bubble-lovers.