2007 Cava Mestres Clos Damiana Gran Reserva
The Clos Damiana from 2007 is a blend of 60% Xarello, 20% Macabeo and 20% Parellada, fermented and matured in chestnut barrique for one year before being aged in bottle for 140 months, so over 14 years and without dosage so this is a very genuine Brut Nature Gran Reserva. The grapes come from vineyards with selection of the oldest vines (more than 50 years old) and are only produced in only the best vintages. It was a great year, notable for its balance of grapes, ideal for extensive long-aged cavas. A year marked by finesse and freshness, with good acidity.
In the glass, the Clos Damiana has a bright golden color with practically no color evolution (surprisingly due to the long aging) and a continuous release of very integrated small bubbles. On the nose flow notes of baked apple and also ripe stone fruit (peach and apricot). Creaminess, roundness and very good balance, with an interesting acidity and a touch of minerals and aromatic herbs infusion (chamomile). Harmonious, with a sweet sensation, except for a final touch of raw almond. The taste is tight and complex, with very small bubbles, complex flavors and a dry, long and tasty finish. This is an exceptional Cava that has been matured for a long time and with a very positive evolution in bottle. Only 4,241 bottles were produced and the wine has been awarded 94/100 Parker points. A very gourmet cava. A delicious Cava that can be kept in the cellar for another decade, but why would you do that. We dare to take on the challenge. Put this Mestres Mas Via Gran Reserva next to a Dom Perignon and let it taste blindly.
Also with this Mas Via two corks are used for each bottle to make the cava. The base wine is fermented and aged in chestnut barriques on its lees for 12 months. The second fermentation in bottle is completed in contact with the first 100% natural cork, in horizontal position for 140 months in the traditional bottle again on its lees. After the disgorgement (manual process of removing the dead yeast cells), the second cork and the accompanying plaque are placed in the bottle.
FACT: Mestres has always printed the date of disgorgement on the label and Metres is one of the few houses that opts for traditional aging method and is the godfather in "Long Aged Cava". Under the tab Attachment you can find an article by Jancis Robinson with a tribute to these great Cavas which have a level that most top champagne houses cannot match.In the Penedes report of the Wine Advocate of the end of September 2022 , LUIS GUTIÉRREZ writes:" ....To me, Mestres is the top quality producer in Cava, and they are somehow specializing in long aging and larger format bottles (magnums and larger). They are aiming at a segment of the market that has been neglected by the appellation: they look for drinkers of high-quality Champagne rather than trying to compete with Prosecco. To me, they are the best Cava producer today, with a great balance between acidity, oxidation and bubbles"
The MESTRES family has been documented in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia since 1312 as owners of vineyards and also as traders of grains and wines. The family has been associated with the wine world for 29 generations. At the time, the date of 1312 was taken as the year of the creation of the MESTRES vineyards. During the Christmas of 1928, the first bottle of Cava MESTRES was released, which Josep Mestres Manobens produced with grapes from the 1925 vintage. From this date, the family specialized in the production of sparkling wines with a very long maturation made according to the champagne way, namely the traditional method. From that moment on they only focused on high quality and MESTRES grew into a reference and benchmark for top cavas. Josep Mestres Manobens is the one who started with a high-quality base wine to make a Cava by means of a 'champagne' (method 'champenoise') without adding a sugar liquid (this is used for the extra fermentation by most houses), which he called "Visol" ((WINE ON IT'S OWN). At Mestres they only work with wine and no additives. This is how the first Brut Nature was born and is registered in the Patent and Trademark office since 1948. Mestres are thus the parents of Brut Nature. Today, the 29th generation of the MESTRES family follows the path of their predecessors and maintains that restless and enterprising spirit that characterized the MESTRES family, a winery with seven centuries of history. During all these years we have been able to follow the tradition and respecting a philosophy of unique elaboration, bringing the name MESTRES and the word CAVA to excellence.Mestres is the living history of Cava. Today, the Cava have MESTRES's all have very high ratings. One hundred percent of the sparkling wines from Mestres are aged in the bottle under a cork. Mestres is a very traditional Cava producer and is compared in style to the "López de Heredia & Tondonia" among the Cavas. MESTRES has always printed the date of disgorgement on the label.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-Lo|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Fresh, Tense, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Romantisch|