Produced by Cavas Mestres, one of the companies that best embodies old Cava traditions, Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature benefits from a brief period of ageing in oak barrels that gives this sparkler an original character.
Interestingly, this was the first no-sugar added Cava ever produced by the winery. Thereof the name Vi-sol (meaning "Only wine").
After a manual harvest, the wine was fermented in barrels, where it was aged on lees for 6 months. Once bottled, Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2012 was aged for 60 months and manually disgorged on the date printed on the back label.
Aerate this Brut Nature Gran Reserva some time before you drink it.
16,394 bottles produced.
The Cava Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature has a pale golden colour with some amber tinges.
This excellent Reserva Particular de Mestres is surprisingly sophisticated. Aromas of French patisserie, English custard, fennel, aniseed and jammy white fruit, enlivened by notes of citrus and aromatic herbs.
Vinous and fresh, this Brut Nature Cava is on the way to its peak. Bubbles are almost completely fused, and the palate is creamy and luscious. There are remembrances of dry fruit, garrigue, balsam and bitter herbs. Mestres Visol from Penedès has a long, rich finish.
|Our personal opinion||
An almost unbeatable value, Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2012 is a sensational Cava aged in oak that delivers pleasure and complexity in equal measure.
Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2011:
Enterwine 93. Peñín 93.
Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2010:
Enterwine 93. Parker 90. Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2016: 9.69/10. International Wine Review 91.
Mestres Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2007:
Aged for 36 months in the bottle. Peñín 90 and Parker 87. Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 91.
|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||60|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Xarel·lo 45%, Macabeo 35%, Parellada 20%.|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, Chocolate cake, Fruit cake, Grilled fish, Grilled whitefish, Nougat candy, Oriental cuisine, Pasta with fish, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Paté, Puff pastries, Red meat with gravy, Rice with fish, Risotto, Roasted fish, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Smoked foods, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Steak Tartare, Stuffed Chicken, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Creamy with fine bubbles, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Desserts, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
Great bubbly from what is, in my view, the best traditional Cava producer - with the worst marketing department ever, by the way.
This sparkler is at its peak right now. Nice structure, with subtle mousse and a very long ending, weightless and refreshing.