Francesc Ricart Cava Brut

One of the growth areas in the market has been moderately priced sparkling wine. Champagne sales are being eroded by the consistent growth of the domestic method traditionnelle wines, and recently by Prosecco. One style under the radar has been Cava, the high quality sparkling wine made by the traditional method in the Penedes region of north-east Spain. The style and flavour of the wines is somewhat different, due primarily to the use of the indigenous Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada grape varieties which lend an earthiness, uncomfortable to those familiar with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But modern times have seen clean fruit in the commercial wines, refinement and greater clarity of autolysis, as well as increased complexity in the top cuvees. Wino’s, the retailer in Marlborough has found success with the Francesc Ricart Cava they import. It may herald a resurgence in the style. Here is my review of the wine.


  • Francesc Ricart Cava Brut NV

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