68/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia – Recaredo – Intense Rosat Brut Nature 2009
…., sitting, watching the TV with my lovely wife and a glass of Cava in hand! I love you, I say, to which my wife asks “Is that you or the Cava talking?” Well, honey, it’s me talking to the Cava! “I know I stand in line until you think you have the time To spend an evening with me”……., “The time is right, your perfume fills my head, the stars get red and, oh, the night’s so blue And then I go and spoil it all by sayin’ something stupid like “I love you”.
Nothing wrong with loving a wine, but then how much love can one have to go around for all the wines that are yearning to be loved, and all the people that want to hear the same words? I guess love is like space, infinite, all depends on the size of your heart and ability to express the love, be it with words or with action. Me, I love many things and many people, my wife and Cava are right there at the top!
Bottled love is something that Recaredo does well, not to say, extremely well! Most of my local sommelier friends, have nothing but good things too say about this cellar, the people working there and the wines they make. And, even though, I at times try to go against the stream, this time I can’t but concur.
Cavas Recaredo was founded by Josep Mata Capellades in 1924, naming the domaine in honor of his father, Recaredo Mata Figueres. Josep Mata Capellades built the cellars in his house, in the historic centre of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. Parts of the cellars are now over 80 years old and have been conserved in their original form. Recaredo is a pioneer in the production of totally dry cavas, in working with oak barrels and in longer-aged cavas. Cavas Recaredo is currently managed by Josep and Antoni Mata Casanovas, the sons of its founder, with Ton Mata actively involved and representing the succeeding generation.
Recaredo owns forty-six hectares of vineyards in the Alt Penedes district planted primarily to the Xarello, Macabeu and Parellada grape varieties, with smaller amounts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Monastrell (Mourvedre). Viticulture at Recaredo is based solely on dry farming; no herbicides or pesticides are used and only organic fertilizers are applied when necessary; grapes are harvested manually; and, production is limited to cavas that are completely dry. The estate strictly follows an organic viticulture regime.
Vinification is carried out entirely at the Recaredo cellars in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. The musts from the oldest Xarello vines ferment in oak barrels, which give structure and greater complexity for longer-aged cavas. Some of the base wine is aged in oak barrels for some months. This wine will be used to add greater finesse and structure to the final blending. At Recaredo, the wines are aged in-bottle in continuous contact with the second fermentation lees; the bottles are closed with 100% natural cork stoppers.
Disgorging is carried out on an exclusively manual basis, at the cellars’ natural temperature, without freezing the necks of the bottles, a process that produces the most natural product possible. The cavas of Recaredo are disgorged totally dry with a zero dosage and all cuvées are vintage-dated. Effectively, Can Recaredo, as the domaine is known, is a deeply traditional producer of the finest Cavas available in the market. To visit the cellars and observe the process is to return to another time when artisanal, hand-crafted products of the highest quality were the universally accepted standard, the goal that all sought to achieve.
Intense Rosat Brut Nature 2009, Pinot 77%, Monastrell 23%
Intensive deep pink colour with abundant slow rising medium size bubbles. On the nose red fruits are perceived together with very refreshing balsamic sensations and a slight mineral background. The palate is dominated by red fruit nuances, it has a good balance and acidity. Candied red fruit, light floral notes and fine toasty notes provided as a background. Very fresh with integrated carbon, spicy touch at the very end. Persistent minerality. This is, like all Recaredo Cavas, is a Brut Nature but due to the fruitiness perceived as sweet. Has a great personality!
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