Information about the wine:
As early as 1962, Josep Mata Capellades, together with his sons Josep and Antoni, vinified the first Reserva Particular de Recaredoto show how excellent cava from limestone soils can mature without losing its freshness. The cuvée of 36 % Xarel.lo (aged in wood) and 64 % Macabeo (aged in stainless steel) comes from 63 to 68 year old vines on the Bitlles river. 33,5 hl/ha were harvested. Vinification sur lattes over 117 months under cork stopper, then shaking by hand and disgorging without adding any dosage. Disgorgement was on 15. 01. 2018.
Golden yellow with finest mousseux
To get a more than ten years old, freshly disgorged Cava in the glass is an event in itself. But when it then shows such a beautiful interplay of maturity and freshness as this Reserva Particular, then this is already big. What a powerful and radiantly clear bouquet of pears, bergamot and cedar lemons, almonds and pine nuts, tuned with fennel seeds, tobacco and licorice, coated with honey, toasted almonds and a hint of brioche results. You really want to stop and breathe in this complex aroma, but you still have to try this cava.
If the aroma is already fascinating, the impression that the Cava leaves on the palate is even more so. What a brilliant acidity runs through this mature wine, what chalky mineral pressure and what liveliness builds up here. At the same time, the Cava shows a subtle mousseux combined with a creamy texture. A slight oxidation shows up almost bashfully behind the fine roasted notes, but it is absolutely part of it; because it is exactly the interplay of youth and maturity that inspires so much here. At the same time, Recaredo manages to bundle this intensity in such a way that the Cava nevertheless remains slender in a certain way and thus completely with itself. Here, no one gets the idea that it could be anything other than a great sparkling wine from the Mediterranean south. This is simply great!
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt:
- Lobster with Flor de Jamaica, celery, apple and chamomile-almond crunch
(seafood, lobster & crayfish, pome fruit, nuts (shell fruit))
- Tempura baked octopus with pear salsa
(seafood, squid & octopus, pome fruit)
- Goat cheese, apple, yellow beetroot, walnuts caramelised in honey (vegetarian)
(cheese, cream cheese, pome fruit, nuts (shell fruit), beetroot/yellow beet, vegetarian dishes)
Recaredo S.A., Tamarit No. 10, 08770 Sant Sadurní dAnoia, Barcelona / Spain".