Raventos I Blanc

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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Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Rosado Cava 2016
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "This energetic pink bubbly from one of Spain’s iconic producers displays intense red berry, blood orange and floral character with a mineral flourish. Chewy and tightly focused, the 2016 shows a refreshingly bitter edge on a dry, persistent finish that emphatically repeats the
Item Number: 29870
Bottle:$17.95
Case: $215.40
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Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2015
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2015 Blanc de Blancs, the wine that replaced the old L'Hereu, was produced with fruit from different organic and biodynamic plots within their 60 hectares of vineyards and some purchased grapes. The blend of 42% Xarello, 38% Macabeo and 20% Parellada fermented with indigenous
Item Number: 27410
Bottle:$15.95
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Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Rosado Cava 2015
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The ultra pale sparkling rosé 2015 De Nit is a blend of 40% Xarello, 36% Macabeo, 18% Parellada and 6% Monastrell from their biodynamic vineyards. The color is obtained by pressing the Xarello and Monastrell together, which result in a pale must. It re-fermented in bottle for no

Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2014
93  Wine & Spirits 
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

Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Rosado Cava 2014
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89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The pale pink 2014 De Nit is a blend of 37% each Macabeo and Xarello with 18% Parellada and some 7% of red Monastrell, from the west-facing part of the El Serral vineyard that adds color without losing freshness. There is no maceration, so the color is subtle, and so is the nose,

Raventos i Blanc 'Extrem' Xarel lo 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2014 Extrem is a pure Xarello with as little sulfur as possible. The original idea was to do it without any added sulfur, but the wines evolved fast in bottle. The fruit is sourced from the higher altitude, the top of the Serral hill inside their property where the slope

Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2013
93  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 93 "Pepe Raventós farms his vineyards with biodynamic practices, blending this from macabeo (45%, the vines planted in 1999), xarel-lo (40%, the vines dating to 1986) and parellada (the oldest parcel, from 1971). In 2013, the cool season emphasizes the wine’s liveliness, its bubbles

Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Rosado Cava 2013
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91  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2013 De Nit is a blend of the three classical white grapes from the region, Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada and a pinch (5%) of red Monastrell sourced from the historical Viña de la Plana. The wine had an average of 24 months in contact with the lees (18 for the first disgorgement

Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Rosado Cava 2012
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55% Macabeo, 30% Xarel.lo, 10% Parellada and 5% Monastrell  -Methode Champenoise  -Vinification in stainless steel  tanks  -Blending and secondary fermentation in bottle  -aged for a minimum of 15 months  -Vines are handpicked  About: Wine production at Raventos i Blanc started in 1497

Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2012
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

Raventos i Blanc 'Silencis' Xarel-lo 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2013 Silencis is pure Xarello from a cold vintage harvested on September 25, which is the date when Xarello used to be harvested 30 years ago…it feels very pure, lively and may I say? Authentic. It’s like night and day between the 2012 and 2013. Apple notes, smoky, flinty,

Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' 'Rose' Monastrell 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90  "The 2011 De Nit is a blend of Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada and Monastrell (only a small percentage, around 5%) partly from their own vineyards and partly from other suppliers aged for 33 months in bottle. The wine is very pale faded-pink colored with notes of dried roses, yeasts

Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Reserva Brut 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Talking about the wines, let’s start with the 2011 L'Hereu Brut, a blend of Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada from their own vineyards and some grapes sourced from growers located in the Anoia valley in Penedes, which aged for 18 months. All bottles have the disgorgement date on the

Raventos i Blanc 'L'Hereu' Cava Brut 2010
88  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 88 "The stalky, yeasty aromas on this sparkler are typical for Cava. The mouthfeel is big and a touch flabby, with wheaty, stalky flavors of brined apple and papaya. On the finish, apple and lime flavors are in control, but there’s also a streak of haystack and brine that keeps a

Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' 'Rose' Monastrell 2010
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "There are few rosé Cavas out there that register this high on the quality meter. This elegant number opens with aromas of wood smoke, citrus and raspberry, while the palate feels lithe and silky, with a fine bubble bead. Flavors of pink grapefruit, tangerine and cranberry finish

Raventos i Blanc L'Hereu Reserva Brut 2009
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2009 Reserva Brut is a blend of classic Cava varieties (40% Macabeu, 40% Xarello and 20% Parellada) from 20- to 40-year-old vines in the 90-hectare Serral Vineyard on the Raventos I Blanc Estate. It has a vibrant bouquet of peach and lemon peel complemented by a subtle,

Raventos i Blanc 'de Nit' Cava Rose 2009
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93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "The outstanding 2009 De Nit (rose) has an almost hypnotic, perfect pale hue that is worth the price alone! A blend of classic Cava varieties with 5% Monastrell, it is sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vines from the estate. The nose is very subtle and very pretty with traces of

Raventos i Blanc L'Hereu Reserva Brut 2008
90  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 90 "The latest releases include the 2008 L'Hereu. It offers up an expressive minerality along with notions of brioche, spring flowers, and white fruits. Mouth-filling and elegant, it delivers excellent value for the money. In the scheme of things, Raventos I Blanc is a boutique