This is the third vintage of Gramona Enoteca Brut Nature Gran Reserva, a Spanish sparkling wine produced by Celler Gramona which features among the word's absolute best sparklers, on a par with some legendary Champagnes.
A blend of Xarel·lo and Macabeo, the grapes come from Finca La Plana, a 5-hectare estate which bears the label Paratge Qualificat Font de Jui, the highest quality recognition currently existing within the Cava apellation. Owned by the Gramona family for more than 150 years, all of the farming operations are performed following organic and biodynamic principles. Likewise, all of the winemaking operations take place within the estate, in the recently refurbished facilities of Celler Batlle.
Meticulously harvested and vinified in a traditional manner, after a gentle pressing the wine musts were fermented in tanks. Then this Cava Gran Reserva from Penedès was blended and bottled, after which it completed secondary fermentation and was aged for 180 months in the cellar. Clarification and disgorgement were performed manually. The disgorging date is printed on the back label.
As we said, and it is worth repeating, Gramona Enoteca Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2002 is one of the best sparkling wines ever produced in Spain, and a serious contender to the world title. Nevertheless, we must bear in mind that this Cava is only at its beginning stage. It will age wonderfully for a minimum of 10-15 years, reaching unprecedented heights of elegance and complexity.Open the bottle at least 30 minutes before drinking.
The Cava Gramona Enoteca Brut Nature Gran Reserva has the colour of dreams. Pale gold with steely tinges and amber iridescences.
It is difficult to be objective here. The elegance and complexity of this blend of Xarel·lo and Macabeo is simply astonishing. Ripe fruit-apples, pears, pineapple, apricot... you name it-, alongside a bouquet of flowers and nuances of incense, balsam, menthol, dry fruit, aromatic herbs and notes of pastry and toffee. We also perceive a mineral background and even some salty, marine, iodized touches.
The palate of Enoteca Gramona combines an elegance which up to know seemed only great Champagnes could attain, with a laser-like, razor-sharp precision-typical of Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cavas-which simply leaves one speechless. Bubbles are integrated to the point of being almost unnoticeable. The freshness and the acidity are out of this world, as it is the persistence. Having said that, the most interesting thing is that this complexity goes along with the feeling that this wine is still very young, and that it has plenty of room for growth.
|Our personal opinion||
The exceptional Gramona Enoteca Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2002 is a celebration of life.
Gramona Enoteca Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2001:
Aged for 160 months. Enterwine 96. Peñín 99 (Spain's Absolute Best Cava). Parker 94. Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2018 - Best Sparkling Wine in Catalonia. Guía Gourmets 99+.
Gramona Enoteca Brut Nature Vintage 2000:
Peñín 98. Parker 93. Gourmet Guide 92. El País Wine Yearbook 96. Guía de Vins de Catalunya 2014 - 9.62.
Gold Medal - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2014.
|Type of Sparkling Wine||Brut nature|
|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||180|
|Other guides||Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2018 (Catas a ciegas): Mejor Vino Espumoso de Catalunya. Guia Gourmets 2018: 98 puntos.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Xarel·lo: 75%, Macabeo: 25%.|
|Pairings||Aged cheeses, Baked whitefish, Boullabaise, Civet, Cow´s cheese, Cured cheeses, Sheep´s cheese, Smoked foods, Soup and rice, Specialty plates, Stew, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Creamy with fine bubbles, Silky and intense, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Fresh as a daisy at age 17. It will probably become a 98-100 wine over the next years.
A friend brought this and the other one, the Brut. I found the Brut Nature edgier, deeper, more demanding. Anyway, it is like choosing between diamonds and platinum.