343/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – La Beguda Baixa – Castell d’Age – Anne Marie Cava Brut Nature Reserva
Straw yellow colour with green tones. Fine, slow rising bubbles, forming strings of pearls and a lovely crown of mousse. Delicate aging aromas with diary notes of fresh butter against a backdrop of ripe fruit. Pleasant and fresh during entry, opening up fully over the palate. Well-integrated carbon dioxide. The light aging aromas merge with ripe fruit and hints of toast and dried fruit and nuts. Full with good length and long-lasting flavours. Elegant, subtle Cava with great sensitivity, conveying the personality of its creator. With a well-designed, sober and distinguished presentation, this very special Cava cries out to be enjoyed. The Anne Marie comes as Brut and Semi Sec as well. I prefer my Cava dry so I tend to go for the Brut Nature.
The history of Castell d’Age is tied to three generations of women: grandmother, mother and daughter. Catalan by birth. Swiss in spirit. And their symbol is the griffin. The griffin was a mythological creature, half eagle and half lion. King of the sky as well as the land. And now the symbol of Castell d’Age. Therefore, this is a story of women and gods…
Gods who decided to place Castell d’Age in the Alt Penedès. On the southern slope of the mysterious, sacred mountain of Montserrat. In the small village of La Beguda Baixa. A very special land, destined to uphold the long-standing traditions of their ancestors. Yet, at the same time, open to new initiatives. With a single objective: to produce exceptional wines and Cavas.
It was all started by Aurèlia Figueras. A woman ahead of her time. An intelligent woman, she knew how to breathe life into the lands that had belonged to her family for over 50 years. Anne Marie Comtesse was the inspiration behind the creation of the cellars, located in an 18th Century country house, at the end of the 1980’s. Champion of products from the land. A fighter. Committed to the environment. She pioneered the introduction of organic farming. Olivia Junyent is the daughter and granddaughter of two exceptional women. Respecting the family ethos of doing things the traditional way. A fighter. Along with her siblings, she represents current trends in the field of organic viticulture.
Three remarkable women producing remarkable wines and Cavas. This top-flight producer of dry, long-aged Cava is a superb discovery. With several geographically diverse parcels to work with, the resemblance to Champagne is suggestive. This is Cava with attitude from a woman-run estate that pioneered organic viticulture in Pénédes and is now fully committed to bio-dynamism is well worth a taste and certainly a visit to the cellar is recommended.
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