There is an interesting story behind the Gran Claustro collection of Cavas by Castillo Perelada. In 1959, when US President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited Spain, Gran Claustro was served at the official reception.
Produced in a cellar where wine has been made for more than six centuries, this Spanish sparkling wine is crafted from a blend of 5 varieties. Namely, three indigenous grapes, such as Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada, and two international ones, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
A portion of the Chardonnay was fermented in French oak barrels on its lees for 4 months. The rest of the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Then this Cava from L'Empordà was aged for a minimum of 30 months.
Drink Gran Claustro Cuvée Especial Brut Nature 2011 until 2021.
The Cava Gran Claustro Cuvée Especial Brut Nature has a pale, bright straw yellow colour with some steely tinges.
This nice Cava Gran Reserva by Castillo Perelada is nuanced and intense. Clean notes of white fruit, toast, butter and pastry, alongside aromas of aromatic herbs, wild berries and dry fruit.
Creamy and delicately unctous, this Gran Claustro Brut Nature has a smooth body and some tiny, caressing bubbles. Notes of baked apples, red berries, toasted almonds, butter and some citrus nuances. Long finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Elegant and complex, Gran Claustro Cuvée Especial Gran Reserva 2011 is a delicious sparkling wine which really delivers.
Gran Claustro Cuvée Especial Brut Nature 2009:
Gran Claustro Cuvée Especial Brut Nature 2008:
|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||30|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Pinot Noir 45%, Chardonnay 45%, Xarel·lo 5%, Parellada 2,5%, Macabeu 2,5%|
|Pairings||bluefish, complex sauces, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Soup and rice, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stew, Stews, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Fine bubbles and Fresh, Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Though not as good as the top level producers-Recaredo, Gramona et alii-Perelada has consistently improved the quality of its sparklers over the last years. I will buy it again.