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Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2014
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Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2014

 
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Wine & Spirits 93
"Pepe Raventós farms his vineyards with biodynamic practices, blending this from macabeo (45 percent, the vines planted in 1999), xarello (40 percent, the vines dating to 1986) and parellada (the oldest parcel, from 1971). In 2013, the cool season emphasizes this wine's liveliness, its bubbles seeming to levitate on the tongue, rising over the fresh flavors of peaches, apples, spices and minerals. It's not imposing in its structure or substantial in weight, ... read more
Item ID: #23504
Size: 750mL (bubbly)
Closure: Cork

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Wine & Spirits 93
"Pepe Raventós farms his vineyards with biodynamic practices, blending this from macabeo (45 percent, the vines planted in 1999), xarello (40 percent, the vines dating to 1986) and parellada (the oldest parcel, from 1971). In 2013, the cool season emphasizes this wine's liveliness, its bubbles seeming to levitate on the tongue, rising over the fresh flavors of peaches, apples, spices and minerals. It's not imposing in its structure or substantial in weight, but its flavor depth lends the wine impressive length. Michael Skurnik Wines, NY"

Wine Advocate 90
"The young and fresh 2014 Blanc de Blancs is the new name of the L'Hereu, produced with fruit from the traditional estate from their historical vineyard La Plana (the flatland), plus a new Vinya del Llac vineyard (of the lake) planted some 40 years ago; it is a classical blend of 40% Xarello, 40% Macabeo and 20% Parellada, with nice structure and complexity for a wine that has been disgorged after some 18 months in contact with the lees in bottle. This is a wine of balance, with subtle minerality, soft and fresh, a wine you never get tired of drinking. The bubbles are small and nicely integrated in the wine, giving it a creamy texture. There are notes of white flowers and some nuts, and an almost salty finish. This is a Brut with something between three and five grams of sugar, but it feels very dry. All bottles here carry the disgorgement date on the back label, as the first bottles of this cuvée are released after 18 months sur lie, and the latest ones after almost 30 months. Not a garage cuvée, this is their volume wine with 223,462 bottles produced."

Wine Information:
-40% Macabeo, 40% Xarel.lo and 20% Parellada
-30+ year old vines
-Methode Champenoise
-Vinification in stainless steel tanks
-Blending and secondary fermentation in bottle
Aged a minimum of 15 months

Wine production at Raventos i Blanc started in 1497 when the estate was founded in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. This date has been authenticated by documents at the estate and recognized by the Spanish Government. The first Cava in Spain was produced here in 1872 by Josep Raventos Fatjo. The estate as it is now, was founded in 1984 by Josep-Maria Raventos, a member of the Codorníu family. He wished to create a small, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the large co-ops in the area. Today Raventos owns about 300 acres of vineyards planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada.

When we visited the estate in July, Pepe Raventos, Joesp-Maria’s grandson described the philosophy of the winery to be “completely terrior driven”. Pepe has moved forward with a geological and climactic survey of the entire property which has revealed 44 individual parcels which will be managed separately.

Pepe worked with Didier Daganau in the Loire, Harold Hexamer in Nahe and Phillippe Blanc in Alsace before returning to his family’s winery in the Penedes in 2001, giving him perspective and insight into his own estate. “We have great red wine from many regions. For sparkling wine we always think of Champagne; maybe the world would like to taste another interpretation”. It is this sort of pioneering mentality, so focused on quality that has skyrocketed Raventos to the top of its category, served in 3 star Michelin restaurants like El Bulli and Arzak.

The soils at the estate are unique; the sedimentary calcareous soils were deposited during the Miocene period when the area was under the sea. At different altitudes the soils change, but the “mother rock” is all deep sedimentary limestone. At the very highest point, limestone and chalk soils are exposed, and this parcel is planted to Pinot Noir sourced from the Margaine estate in the Montagne de Reims.

As with all wines at the Raventos estate, The L'Hereu Reserva and the L’Hereu d’Nit Reserva Rosado are sourced entirely from estate grown fruit, all from a single vintage and aged for a minimum of 2 years.

The oldest vineyard, the Clos del Serral planted slightly lower is dominated by Galera, a compact clay. The vines here are 80 years old and are bottled as a single parcel wine, Manuel Raventos Gran Reserva.

The grapes are biodynamically farmed and certified by the Integrated Production Council (CCPI).

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Wine production at Raventos i Blanc started in 1497 when the estate was founded in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. This date has been authenticated by documents at the estate and recognized by the Spanish Government. The first Cava in Spain was produced here in 1872 by Josep Raventos Fatjo. The estate as it is now, was founded in 1984 by Josep-Maria Raventos, a member of the Codorníu family. He wished to create a small, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the large co-ops in the area. Today Raventos owns about 300 acres of vineyards planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada.

When we visited the estate in July, Pepe Raventos, Joesp-Maria's grandson described the philosophy of the winery to be "completely terrior driven". Pepe has moved forward with a geological and climactic survey of the entire property which has revealed 44 individual parcels which will be managed separately.

Pepe worked with Didier Daganau in the Loire, Harold Hexamer in Nahe and Phillippe Blanc in Alsace before returning to his family's winery in the Penedes in 2001, giving him perspective and insight into his own estate. "We have great red wine from many regions. For sparkling wine we always think of Champagne; maybe the world would like to taste another interpretation". It is this sort of pioneering mentality, so focused on quality that has skyrocketed Raventos to the top of its category, served in 3 star Michelin restaurants like El Bulli and Arzak.

The soils at the estate are unique; the sedimentary calcareous soils were deposited during the Miocene period when the area was under the sea. At different altitudes the soils change, but the "mother rock" is all deep sedimentary limestone. At the very highest point, limestone and chalk soils are exposed, and this parcel is planted to Pinot Noir sourced from the Margaine estate in the Montagne de Reims.

As with all wines at the Raventos estate, The L'Hereu Reserva and the L'Hereu d'Nit Reserva Rosado are sourced entirely from estate grown fruit, all from a single vintage and aged for a minimum of 2 years.

The oldest vineyard, the Clos del Serral planted slightly lower is dominated by Galera, a compact clay. The vines here are 80 years old and are bottled as a single parcel wine, Manuel Raventos Gran Reserva.

The grapes are biodynamically farmed and certified by the Integrated Production Council (CCPI).

Farming Practice:Certified Organic

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