200/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – Subirats – Cava Llopart – Microcosmos Reserva Rose
Microcosmos Reserva Rose, 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Monastrell
That’s right! Read that again……, 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Monastrell! No Macabeu, no Xarel.lo and no Parellada! And yes, we are still in Cavaland! Is this the best Llopart can offer? Certainly not! But if you are fond of the pink stuff, this is a excellent friend to have. Bright pink-redcurrant, a very intense color with subtle brick tones.Very ﬁne consistent bubbles that form a nice crown. Fruity, fruity! Complex aroma of wild red fruits blended with toasted nuances from the bottle fermentation, which is a minimum of 24 months. Harmonious on the palate with a broad tasty elegance and the perfect effervescence. A long and creamy after taste. It might not get under my skin but certainly under my thumb!
“Ex-Vite Vita ” life comes from the vine”, is the motto that has accompanied several generations of the Llopart family. This dedication culminates with the production of the first Cava Llopart in 1887 in the former farmhouse of the family. The Llopart estate is located in the hilly countryside south of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the Cava capital, and within the boundaries of the village of Subirats. Its 60 hectares of vineyards have been divided into 3 sub zones according to microclimate and soil features. They have an average altitude of 340 m and enjoy, being protected from harsh North winds by the Montserrat massif, mild winters and sunny, not excessively hot summers. The vines receive an average 500 l / m2 of rain per year.
Soils are generally poor, a mixture in different proportions of sand and lime, with clay here and there. Farming methods are reportedly organic, although there is no official certification. The main varieties used are the three “Cava grapes”, Parellada, Xarel.lo and Macabeu, in addition they also grow Chardonnay, Monastrell, Pinot Noir, Subirat Parent (=Malvasia), red Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Ull de Llebre (=Tempranillo). Grapes are picked by hand and selected in the vineyard. Thus Llopart produce yearly around 500’000 bottles of eight Cavas and three still wines.
The history of this winery is documented since the fourteenth century, as stated in a scroll kept in the archives of Llopart. In 1385 an ancestor of the Llopart family, Bernardus Leopardi, receives a transfer of land, namely the current Heretat Can Llopart. The secular dedication of grape growing, ageing wine and collection of the same culminates in the development of the first bottle of champagne in 1887. Primitive labeling appeared in a characteristic pattern of his time, which represents an overview of the Heretat Can Llopart. Currently this unique engraving remains the hallmark of the house.
The basement of the winery consists of a limestone mantle, covered by a thin layer of clay and siliceous, forming slopes and terraces. The peculiar geological site is located at 340 m. altitude, enjoying a privileged microclimate, and the use of bio-natural viticultural techniques, resulting in the production of grapes of Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello with unmatched personality. But this is a story for another day!
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