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April 18, 2010

Cava Gramona Celler Batlle, Spain

Gramona Celler Batlle Gran Reserva 2000 Brut
Saint Sadurni d'Anoia, Spain
ca 50 € (got it as a gift)♥♥♥
grapes: 70% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabeo
12% abv.

Yesterday we sold our house. It had been on the market for 2 weeks and the first showing brought the deal. Great news that needed to be celebrated! When we got back home (still, for a few more months...), we opened a bottle of Veuve Cliqcuot - only to discover it had a cork defect. How disappointing. But! The solution was at hand: we still had this Cava that I had gotten as a present. After quick-chilling it in the freezer, we were able to finally adequately toast to our done deal.
In the glass it shows straw-golden color. The bubbles are somewhat bigger and not quite as plentiful as in many champagnes, in the centre, though, a stream of smaller bubbles is constantly ascending towards the surface.

Smelling into the glass, I get mainly yeasty tones, much bisquit - actually, I am thinking of freshly made ice cream waffles, lying on an oak-barrel. Yes, there is vanilla too. On the palate, it spreads quickly, filling the mouth, the bubbles feel distinctly more and finer than what they looked like. Surprise! Again, the yeast-tones, biscuit, dominating. Some hints of ripe pear. Definitely brut. The finish is long, ending with a very subtile bitterness.

I like it, because it has its own character. It is a little rougher and tougher, not this elegant kind of sort, little stubborn and not giving in, trying to be like others. And I like it even today, while typing this, enjoying what was left over from yesterday.

Cava is made the same way as a champagne, meaning the 2nd fermentation, which leads to the bubbles, is happening in this very bottle. Generally, Cava is a little cheaper than Champagne and thus can make for a good alternative.

Cava D.O. is the official appellation for the sparkling wines of Spain made the traditional way (método tradicional). 85 % of the Cava production comes from the area around Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in southern Barcelona province, but Cava is actually produced in 7 regions of Spain. The main Cava grapes are called Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo.

I will get back to Cava later in this blog...

About Gramona, the bodega: A history, going back more than 125 years. I suggest you watch this very informative and entertaining film: click here!

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