This is a Gran Reserva level of Cava – meaning that it has a greater complexity and depth of flavour than the usual traditional method Spanish sparkling: achieved by some 41 months spent ageing in bottle; far exceeding the time required for the Gran Reserva regulations established by the D.O.
This wine is made from a blend of native white grapes with a touch of Chardonnay included. It has a deeper colour than many sparkling wines because of its time in bottle. On the nose you’ll find an array of complex yeast-derived aromas with biscuits, toast and brioche supported by some ripe lemon and red apple fruit. There are also some aged aromas of roasted hazelnuts and a touch of honey. On the palate, this wine has incredible depth of flavour and very soft mousse (a delicate sparkling mouthfeel feel), lifted by some bright but not tart acidity. This is an immensely long and very complex sparkling wine that is drinking well now!
A living legend among Spanish sparkling wine, Gramona has long boasted a reputation as one of Spain’s finest producers. It is not undeserved. From its base in Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, Gramona crafts an astonishing range of long-aged traditional method sparkling, celebrated for their rich, autolytic and complex house style.
Gramona traces its origins back to the 19th century when the son of the current owners’ great-great-grandfather sold wine to French sparkling producers, whose vineyards had been ravished by the phylloxera louse. Pau Batlle capitalized on the situation by purchasing a cellar of his own in 1881, enabling him to buy the family’s first vineyards.
Today Gramona is run by the dynamic brother duo Xavier and Jaume Gramona, who continue to innovate, experiment and drive improvements both in the cellar and vineyards. Recently, legendary consultant Claude Bourguignon has been hired to drive conversion to organic and biodynamic viticulture in the vineyards.