2007 Gramona Corpinnat Celler Batlle Gran Reserva Brut Nature
One of the best representatives of Spanish sparkling wine is the Gramona Celler Batlle Gran Reserva Brut. Made in Sant Sadurní by an authentic family winery with only a focus on quality. This is a sparkling top Cava that leaves many significantly more expensive Champagnes far behind in terms of quality and price. Absolute top quality as you would expect from Gramona. Celler Batlle is pronounced: Ceh-jer Bai-je. The cuvée is named after the old cellar in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, which itself takes its name from the Batlle family, who founded Gramona. Celler Batlle can compete with large vintage Champagnes.
This is a matured Cava in the tradition of the great Champagnes and is only made in top years!!! The name comes from the founders of the winery, the Batlle family (the last Batlle was a lady who married a Gramona). The Gramona Celler Batlle Gran Reserva Brut is a blend of macabeo 25% and xarel.lo 75%. It is a very refined, mildly dry wine with a fine, measured mousse. Pleasantly developed taste due to the long aging 'sur latte'. Notes of candied fruit, blossom, chamomile, butter and soft bread and toast. Complex set of scents and flavors. This wine received 95/100 points and Parker ends his review with: " This has to be one of the best vintages of Celler Batlle. Only 2,900 bottles were produced in 2007 "
During the second fermentation in the bottle, corks are used for the Celler Battle instead of crown caps. The disgorgement of the bottles must therefore be done by hand, which is a very skilled job. Celler Batlle is a Vintage Cava and is marketed 'sur lattes' on average after about 8-10 (!!) years of maturing to develop a very fine mousse. This is a selection of the III Lustros Cuvée from the La Plana vineyard, a plot of 4 hectares with a sand/clay soil on limestone. The xarel.lo grape makes it possible for this Cava to age so well.
Gramona is part of Corpinnat, which was founded in 2016 by a number of (high-end) producers who have distanced themselves from DO Cava mainly because no distinction can be made in quality in the CAVA model. Corpinnat, just like Cava (or Champagne), is a sparkling wine that is made using the traditional method, i.e. through a second fermentation in the bottle, which creates the bubbles and is therefore a brand name founded by a number of quality producers who wanted to distinguish themselves. With Corpinnat as protected. brand (such as a Grandcru or a Grande Reserva), not only the region determines the naming, but also the terroir and that is much more than just the area; it is also about climate, grape varieties, the vineyard and the winery.
The very dynamic family business Gramona has existed since 1881, currently the 5th generation of mainly 150 ha own vineyards makes formidable sparkling wines. Traditional, but using modern technology. Since the opening of the new Bodega in 2006 just outside the village, Gramona is also technically completely ready for the coming years. In a Research and Development program, research is conducted at a very high level into climate change, ecological viticulture, sustainability and everything related to the formation and preservation of the mousse. The oenologist Jaume Gramona, who runs the company with his cousin Xavier, teaches at the University of Tarragona. Gramona has a low yield per hectare for Cava producers. In the summer, a green harvest is done, with an excess of bunches being cut away. The company makes its own yeasts and liqueur d'expédition in a more than a hundred years old solera system. Gramona's stock is about 1.5 million bottles. The Cava market is dominated by large houses with huge volumes. Top companies like Gramona have a completely different philosophy and work exclusively on quality. Currently, they have three locations in Sant Sadurni for the production of their wines.
Gramona is, first and foremost, always concerned with maximum quality in the wines and champagnes. This aim is reflected in every moment and in every step of the process (pruning, harvesting, production, selection). This ethos is conveyed in the coat of arms: "Viti, Vini, Vitae": the vine, wine, life, a synthesis of our history. As a company with a long tradition , respect for the area and nature is of paramount importance. At Gramona they use the exceptional terroir and the experience in the traditional production ("Champenois") to produce high-quality and, above all, very elegant Cavas.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Complex, Dry, Fresh, Tense, White fruit
|Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Romantisch