Rene Barbier Cava
£17.99

Vintage: NV

Region: Penedès

Appellation: Cava

Grape: 50% Macabeo 35% Parellada  15% Xarel-lo

Alcohol: 12%

Closure : Cork

Producer: The Barbier name is one of the most famous in Penedès, the origin of almost all Cava. Léon Barbier emigrated from the southern Rhône in 1880, bringing much-needed French know-how to these vineyards near Barcelona. Originally forging its reputation on still wines, René Barbier now excels in Cava, with class-leading standards of production at every stage of the process.

Vineyard: The grapes are grown in the chalk/clay and limestone soils of the Middle Penedès region, thirty-five kilometres south-west of Barcelona. The climate and the altitudes of 350-600 metres above sea level mean that the evolution of the grapes is slow and constant, producing just enough alcohol, but more importantly, retaining a good level of acidity so vital for the production of high-quality sparkling wine.

Winery: After a temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel, a blend was made of the three varieties. The wine was bottled with its liqueur de tirage to set off the secondary fermentation, and then remained on its lees for at least eighteen months (double the minimum requirement for Cava) before the sediment was disgorged.

Taste: A very elegant Cava, with clean citrus on the nose, backed by soft fruit aromas of peach and melon; the palate is marked by purity and a fine mousse.