Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Brut Reserva 2015
A wonderful alternative to Champagne at an exceptional price, this fine sparkling wine is fine, fresh and utterly invigorating.
Typical of the Raventos i Blanc house style, this is a supremely elegant and delicately textured premium sparkler, featuring fresh apple and fine sand earthiness. It's deft, delicious and has lovely flavor and mouthfeel as well as crunch and race. Outstanding wine for the price.
Pale lemon straw. Acacia and jasmine nose followed by yellow orchard fruit and greengage. The mousse is ever so delicate. Golden delicious apple, quince, and a lick of meyer lemon make up the fruit component of the palate, countered by the sweet and sour crème fraîche of the lees. The mineral notes are reminiscent of stones and fine chalk. The finish is looooong and leaves where you started, with the lingering perfume of white petals.
|Type||Champagne & Sparkling|
|Varietal(s)||Macabeo Xarel-lo Parellada|
|Region||Conca del Riu de Anioa|
|Brand||Raventos i Blanc|
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The L'Hereu Brut is produced from what Pepe Raventós considers a great vintage that will be considered historic in the future. That year they harvested 25 days later than the recent average, so the grapes had time to ripen slowly to perfection with a long cycle that also held acidity and the wines are very fresh. This is sourced mostly form the Viña de la Plana, which has plenty of clay on the chalky mother rock (120 centimeters below) and quite deep soils that produce wines of good freshness and balance. They also use part of purchased grapes from organic growers as their idea is to keep some 20% of grapes from external suppliers. They like to work with some of the old-timers, the local people that know and understand the zone. The wine blends the three traditional grapes, Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada and ages no less than 18 months in contact with the lees (with a maximum of 30 and an average of 24). It is Extra-Brut (five grams of residual sugar). The powerful and expressive nose is really fresh, mixing fennel, aniseed, bread dough, in a very balanced, elegant and subtle way. The palate is extremely fresh (the signature of the vintage) and balanced with amazing weight of fruit, the lees/yeasts do not overpower the fruit and the finish is very long. This is one of the best sparkling wines in its category and price range, especially in this vintage.
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