2009 Mestres Clos Damiana Gran Reserva

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Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Appellation Cava
Winery Mestres
Vintage 2009
Grape Chardonnay Macabeo Parellada Xarel-Lo
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (12%)
Drink window 2023 - 2034
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The Clos Damiana from 2009 is a blend of 60% real Brut Nature Gran Reserva. The grapes come from vineyards with selection of the oldest vines of more than 67 years old) and are only produced in only the best vintages. It was a great year, remarkable for the balance of grapes, ideal for extensive cavas of long age. A year characterized by finesse and freshness, with good acidity.

In the glass, the Clos Damiana has a bright golden color with virtually no color evolution (surprising due to the long aging) and an immediate release of highly integrated small bubbles. The nose contains 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 in 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 aftertaste. This is an exceptional Cava that has been matured for a long time and with a very positive evolution in the bottle. Only 3,870 bottles were produced. A very gastronomic cava. A delicious Cava that could easily remain in the cellar for another decades, but why would you do that. We dare to take up the challenge. Just put this Mestres Mas Via Gran Reserva next to a Dom Perignon and have a blind tasting.

This Clos Damiana 2009 also uses two corks 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 the bottle is completed in contact with the first 100% natural cork, in a horizontal position for 140 months in the traditional bottle again on its lees. After disgorgement (manual process of removing dead yeast cells), the second cork and associated 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 methods and is the godfather of "Long Aged Cava". Under the Appendix tab you can find an article by Jancis Robinson with a paean to these great Cavas which have a level that most top champagne houses cannot match. In the Penedes report of the Wine Advocate from 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"

ABOUT MESTRES

The MESTRES family have 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 connected to the wine world for 29 generations. At that time, the date of 1312 was taken as the year of the creation of the MESTRES vineyards. During Christmas 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 method, namely the traditional method. From that moment on, they focused solely on high quality and MESTRES grew into a reference and benchmark for top cavas. Josep Mestres Manobens is the one who started using a high-quality base wine to make a Cava using 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 has been registered in the Patent and Trademark office since 1948. Mestres are therefore 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, MESTRES Cavas all have very high ratings. One hundred percent of the sparkling wines from Mestres are aged in the bottle under 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.

Vineyard for 2009 Mestres Clos Damiana Gran Reserva

The Mestres family have been documented in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia since 1312 as owners of vineyards and also traders of grains and wines. The family has been connected to the wine world for 29 generations. At the time, the date of 1312 was taken as the year of the establishment of the Mestres vineyards. This is confirmed in the first labels of sparkling wine: 1312. In Mestres there is still a great documentation of the ancestors: parchments and documents from 1312, 1591, 1607, 1832, 1901 ..., the milestones in the history of the family which allows us to affirm our commitment to the world of wine through the ages.

More information about Mestres

During the Christmas of 1928, the first bottle of Cava MESTRES was released, which Josep Mestres Manobens produced with grapes from the vintage 1925. From this date, the family specialized in the production of sparkling wines with a very long maturation made according to the champagne production method. the traditional method. From that moment on, they have only focused on high quality and MESTRES has grown into a reference and benchmark for top cavas.

Josep Mestres Manobens is the one who started with a high quality of the base wine and the long aging with cork stopper and this allowed him to make 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. The Visol was also known as triple dry (triple sec) because it did not contain sugar, so it is tightly dry, so Mestres are the parents of Brut Nature.Today the 29th generation of the MESTRES family follows the path from their predecessors and maintains that restless and enterprising spirit that characterized the MESTRES family, a winery with seven centuries of history.

Due to the double natural cork and the long aging, the Cava's are in style with the white Tondonia Wines. Luis Guiterez of Parker writes "Mestres are a kind of Lopez de Heredia of Cava" Together with Recaredo, Mestres is without doubt the Specialist in Long Aged Cava's in which their top models are more than 30 years old before they can leave the impressive cellar and we have even been able to taste wines over 60 years old and these are still very much alive and spit out of the glass.

 

During all these years we have been able to follow the tradition and respect a philosophy of unique elaboration, bringing the name MESTRES and the word CAVA to excellence. Mestres is the living history of Cava. Today, MESTRES' Cavas all have very high ratings.

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Appellation Cava
Winery Mestres
Grape Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-Lo
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2009
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2034
Alcohol % 12
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling Yes
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Fresh, Tense, White fruit
Drink moments Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Romantisch

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