Juve Y Camps Cava Gran Reserva Brut 2011
This wine is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate: Brilliant gold in color, with lively aromas of white flowers, green apple, ripe tropical fruit, lightly toasted bread and orange-blossom honey. Gran Juvé Gran Reserva Brut is a wine of great structure with a persistent, lingering finish.
This Brut pairs well with most appetizers, shrimp, lobster, shellfish, seafood, Asian cuisine or almond desserts.
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The 2011 Gran Juvé & Camps, a blend of 40% Xarello, 25% Macabeo, 25% Chardonnay and 10% Parellada, matured in bottle on the lees lees for four years (but there is no disgorgement information on the labels) and is sold with eight grams of residual sugar. The nose has smoky notes, hints of bread dough, yeasts and white fruit. The palate feels quite dry, with moderate intensity and persistence.
Juvé & Camps is a family-owned winery located in San Sadurní d’Anoia, a small town in the northeastern Penedès region near Barcelona. Founded in 1921 by Joan Juvé Baqués and his wife Teresa Camps Farré, the winery’s three-generation history has resulted in an international reputation for producing top-quality Cava. Juvé & Camps comprises 2700 acres of vineyards. Those acres are divided into three properties where native varieties Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown. From the beginning, the winery’s philosophy has been to use only traditional, high-quality winemaking practices. Its Cava is made in the método tradicional, as is Champagne, meaning it undergoes a secondary, in-bottle fermentation prompted by the addition of yeast and sugar. The wines are often aged in bottle for 18 months or more.
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.
Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.