2015 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||Macabeo Parellada Xarel-Lo|
|Content (Alc)||0.75 ltr (12.5%)|
|Drink window||2022 - 2029|
The Visol Gran Reserva is the first cava in history without added sugars after disgorge (Brut Nature - 1945 - Josep Mestres Manobens - the patent holder of the term Brut Nature). In the glass, the Visol has a beautiful gold color with green reflections. The perlage is great with fine very nicely integrated bubbles that develop in the glass. On the nose, this is a very elegant cava that reveals aromas similar to barrique aging: toasted bread, dried fruit, pastries with a very structured mouthfeel. Very fresh and mature fruit, without tannins and astringent flavors often present in many cavas aged in barriques. This is a so-called Vintage Cava, which means that it is produced from 1 single year and therefore only in the good years. This Gran Reserva comes from the 2015 and was only released in mid 2022 - Long Aged we call this!
Drink the wine between 8-15ºC and the advice of Mestres is to drink it even around 14-15 degrees. The Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature is a blend of Macabeu (35%) Xarel·lo (45%) Parellada (20%) coming from vineyards planted more than 50 years ago. Also with this Visol, 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 6 months. The second fermentation in the bottle is completed in contact with the first 100% natural cork, in horizontal position for over 60 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 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. 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.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||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|
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