Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Cava Blanc de Blancs
Anna, our tribute to the last member of the family to take the Codorníu surname, has become our most emblematic cava. Brilliant yellow color with green reflections. Fine, persistent bubbles forming continuous beads. Citrusy and tropical fruit notes on the nose, along with more complex ageing aromas (toast, brioche). Creamy on the palate, wide and long-lasting. It is highly versatile and easy to pair with a great variety of food.
Blend: Chardonnay, Parellada, Macabeo & Xarel-lo
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Tradition and innovation since 1551.
Codorníu is the story of a family that runs back to the XVI century. Backed by the work of 18 successive generations, Codorníu is the most longstanding family business in Spain and the 17th oldest in the world. In 1872 Josep Raventós became a pioneer in cava making when he crafted his first bottle of sparkling wine applying the traditional method.
The impressive Cavas Codorníu in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, where Codorniu's cavas are made, were built in 1895 by Manuel Raventós, the heir and chief promoter of Codorníu; who hired the Catalan art nouveau architect, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, to enlarge the winery. It was declared Artistic Historical Site in 1976, and it is one of the most impressive examples of art nouveau architecture dedicated to making and aging cava.
Codorniu is not only the creator of cava but also a forerunner in the use of new varietals, aiming to honor their pioneering spirit. Their cavas have a common denominator: maximum quality, fresh and modern style, and focus on keeping the essence of each grape variety.
A superior source of white grapes for the production of Spain’s prized sparkling wine, Cava, the Penedes region is part of Catalunya and sits just south of Barcelona. Medio Penedès is the most productive source of the Cava grapes, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Penedes also grows Garnacha and Tempranillo (here called Ull de Llebre in Catalan) for high quality reds and rosès.
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.