GRAN RESERVA BRUT NATURE
D.O. CAVA - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Penedes, Cava D.O.
Grapes: 35% Macabeu, 40% Xarel.lo, and 25% Parellada, bush vines over 50 years old, all hand harvested.
Soil: Calcareous, slightly sandy, and clay.
Vinification: Fermentation done in 225L chestnut barriques. Wine is left in barrel on the lees for 6 months. Second fermentation in bottle with natural cork.
Aging: Over 5 years of bottle aging on its lees. Hand riddled and manual disgorged. Mestres always states the disgorging date on the label.
Residual sugar: Less than 3 g/l.
Nose: Citrus, dried apple, pear skins, nutty, and dried white flowers.
Taste: Integrated fine bubbles. The palate is structured, fresh, long and persistent. In the aftertaste, notes of brioche, toasty notes, balsamic, confit aromas, very elegant.
Color: Attractive pale golden yellow with green highlights.
Gastronomy: Caviar, cured meats, delicate fish like turbot, cheese.
Visol, translates to “only wine”. The first vintage of Visol was made in 1954 and is also the first cava with zero dosage (no sugar added, only the wine).
Talking About the Wines:
-A View From The Cellar, Mar ‘20 gave 92 points to 2012 Mestres Visol, Gran Reserva Brut Nature. “The Mestres family has been an institution in the epicenter of Cava production, in the town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia since they built their winery here back in 1861, though the family has documentation of their winegrowing pursuits that predate this by five centuries! Their Visol bottling was the first non-dosé bottling of Cava ever produced, having been made first in 1945. Every one of their bottlings is aged under cork, rather than crown cap, and all of the vins clairs are fermented in barriques made from chestnut and aged six months in cask prior to blending and bottling for secondary fermentation. The new release of Visol is from the 2012 vintage and composed of a blend of forty percent Xarel-lo, thirty-five percent Macabeo and twenty-five percent Parellada and aged nearly six years on its fine lees prior to disgorgement in April of 2019. The wine offers up an outstanding bouquet of hazelnut, wizened apples, salty soil tones, smoke and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and beautifully-balanced, with the extended lees aging giving the wine a beautifully buffered structure without dosage. The wine has fine depth at the core, frothy mousse and lovely length and grip on the complex and very classy finish. Mestres is one of the very finest producers of sparkling wine in Spain and their 2012 version of Visol is outstanding.”
-Washington Wine Blog, Feb '20 gave 93 points to 2012 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. “…given zero dosage, the wine shows beautiful sourdough bread, lemon zest and kumquat aromatics with lighter damp earth undertones that take shape in the glass. The weight and balance of the wine is truly beautiful. The silky mousse entices with copious minerals that collide with lemon rind, wet stone and green apple infused French bread that are woven together on this expressive palate. Fantastic now, the ‘Visol’ is going to have a long life ahead of it.”
-The Wine Advocate, Aug ‘19 gave 91 points to 2012 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. “It feels very young for a 2012 and is a versatile sparkling wine very apt for the table, with its dry palate and an almost salty finish. The palate is very compact and integrated, with fine bubbles and balanced acidity, very easy to drink. 9,862 bottles produced.”