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Gramona Corpinnat III Lustros 2014 750ml

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Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
2014 was a bit of a groundbreaking year for the sparkling wines from Gramona; they achieved their first Demeter certifications and bought a new Champagne press. They feel the wines have gained in precision, and the 2014 Brut Nature III Lustros (so far, this is certified organic) might show it. It's a blend of 75% Xarel.lo and 25% Macabeo and has the textbook nose of the aged sparkling wines from the zone, balsamic, Mediterranean, with notes of esparto grass and thyme, a touch of bay leaf and subtle yeasts and baked bread. This has a longer time in bottle with lees, 87 months, and that gives very small bubbles and has a dry finish. It has one gram of sugar and high acidity and freshness, and it comes through as sharp and very tasty. Classical III Lustros. This has to be one of the finest recent vintages of this bottling. 50,000 bottles produced. From here on, this included, the sparkling wines age in bottle with cork, which has a big influence; the previous wines, with a shorter time sur lie (La Cuvee, Imperial and Innoble), age with a crown cap. ... More details
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Gramona Corpinnat III Lustros 2014 750ml

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Varietal: Champagne Blend

The careful blending of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietal grapes has long been the secret to the success of the famous sparkling wines of the Champagne region. The wines of this region have gone down in history as the finest example of France's sparkling produce, and the methods of processing the grapes in this region have been imitated in almost every wine producing country in the world. There are actually seven different grape varietals allowed to be included in a Champagne sparkling wine, although grape varietals such as Pinot Blanc, Arbanne and Pinot Gris are used less and less commonly in its production. Whilst the Chardonnay varietal grapes offer their distinctive biscuit flavor and wonderful astringency, it is the Pinot Noir grapes (most commonly used for producing beautifully light red wines) which give the Champagne wines their length and backbone.

Region: Cataluna

With sixty thousand hectares of prime land under vine, and over two hundred bodegas and wineries operating there, the Spanish region of Catalunya is a vitally important centre for Spanish wine production and viticulture. It seems this has been the case for several thousand years, and recent archaeological findings have proven that Catalunya has a wine history which pre-dates Roman Spain by a considerable margin, making it one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Catalan wines today are dominated by the ever popular sparkling Cava wines, made in the methode champenois, and drank across the globe as a fine replacement for the more expensive Champagne wines. However, the excellent climatic conditions and terroir of Catalunya means that the bodegas of the region can also produce excellent still red and white wines, made from the wide range of grape varietals which thrive there.

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.