332/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – Castellví de la Marca – Mont Marçal – Extremaruim Brut Nature Reserva
Bright pale yellow with fine and bubbles which are rising steadily creating a perfect mousse. The nose is clean and fresh, producing toasted notes like coffee, combined with vanilla, soft notes of fruits such as peach and grapefruit, some mineral tones and white flowers. The palate is fresh, fruity, creamy and light, the body showing that it has been in contact with the yeast for quite some time, fine mousse and very pleasant on the palate with hints of raw almonds and hazelnuts. This Cava has been made by adding Inspiration, Instinct and Passion! Each variety is picked and fermented separately. The grapes are destemmed, cooled to 12°C, pressed pneumatically at a pressure of 0.2kg, selection of the juice/most, clarification by gravity and alcoholic fermentation at 14-16°C, the Chardonnay is fermented in barrels of French oak for 8 weeks. Works great with, for example, Ossobuco, fritters and desserts with a base of chocolate and dried fruits and nuts.
The cellar at Mont Marçal Vinícola was founded in the year 1975 by Manuel Sancho who, after dedicating many years to the world of music, directed his activity towards a new art: that of the world of wine and Cava. It is Blanca Sancho, the founder’s daughter, who now runs the cellar together with a team of young professionals that have managed to blend the original philosophy of the cellar with the restless spirit of the new generations and adapt this, in all its fields, to the needs of today’s markets. Mont Marçal makes quality wines in the “Denominaciones de Origen” Penedès, Catalunya and Cava.
Originally from the XIV century, the lovely farmhouse that houses the cellar is located in the heart of the Penedès, 220 metres above sea level. With the floor plan of a basilica, brickwork has been used to frame the windows and the dividing lines of the floors, this gives the house a unique character. It was modified at the end of the XIX century to become a convent of the order of the “Barefoot Carmelites”, and it still retains the charm of the original structure.
The estate has 40 hectares of its own vineyards which comprises the indigenous varieties such as Macabeu, Xarel.lo, Parellada and Tempranillo, in addition to other varieties that have adapted perfectly such as Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. At the same time, to be able to achieve the actual production, Mont Marçal collaborates with other estates in the Penedès, from which the buy the additional grape quantities needed.
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