2013 Cava Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature
The MESTRES family have been documented in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia since 1312 as the owner of vineyards and also as 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.
During the Christmas of 1928 the first bottle of Cava MESTRES was produced, 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 way namely the traditional method. From that moment on, MESTRES only focused on high quality and became a reference and benchmark for top cavas. Josep Mestres Manobens is the one who has started using a high-quality basic wine to make a Cava using a 'champagne' ('champenoise' method) without adding a sugar-liquid (this is used for the extra fermentation by most houses), which he called "Visol" ((WINE ON IT'S OWN). Mestres only works with wine and no addition. This is how the first Brut Nature was born and has been registered in the Patent and Trademark office since 1948. So Mestres are the parents of Brut Nature Today the 29th generation of the MESTRES family follows the path of their predecessors and maintains the restless and enterprising spirit that characterized the MESTRES family, a winery with seven centuries of history.
Throughout all those 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 the MESTRES Cava's all have very high ratings.
One hundred percent of the sparkling wines from Mestres are aged in a bottle under cork. Mestres is a very traditional Cava producer and is compared in style to the "López de Heredia & Tondonia" among the Cava.
The Visol Gran Reserva is the first cava in history with no added sugar after disgorge (Brut Nature - 1945 - Josep Mestres Manobens and is therefore also the father and patent holder of the term Brut Nature). The Visol has a beautiful golden color with green reflections in the glass. The perlage is great with fine, very nicely integrated bubbles that develop in the glass. In the nose, this is a very elegant cava that reveals aromas that resemble barrique aging: toasted bread, dried fruit, cakes with a very structured mouthfeel. Very fresh and mature fruit, without tannins and astringent flavors that are often present in many cavas that are aged in barriques.
Drink the wine between 8-15ºC and advice from 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 that were 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 dry for 6 months. The second fermentation in the bottle is completed in contact with the first 100% natural cork, in horizontal position for more than 60 months in the traditional bottle again on its lees. After the disgorgement (manual process of removing the dead yeast cells), place the second cork and the corresponding plaque in the bottle.
FACTS: MESTRES has always printed the disgorgement date on the label. The wine has received 91/100 Parker points.
|Available as of||Jul 6, 2020|
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-Lo|
|Drinking as of||2020|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Droog, Fris, Strak, Wit fruit|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Romantisch|