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Mont-Marçal Vinícola

Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva 2009

Price: $16.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Mont-Marçal Vinícola
Vintage Year: 2009
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Cava

TASTING NOTES

Estate-bottled, among the best Cavas regardless of price. Excellent base wine made from Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Chardonnay. Aged 18 months on the yeast, disgorged upon order.

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PRESS

Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2007) - "Green apple, peach and melon aromas are common but perfectly clean and inviting. The palate is refined and hints at elegance as it delivers very good lime, gooseberry and fresh celery flavors. Long and dry on the finish, with lip-smacking acidity."

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 1, 2011

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2007) - "Light gold.  Heady aromas of dried pear, peach pit and orange, with a spicy overlay.  Juicy and penetrating, offering firm citrus zest and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. This refreshingly dry, grown-up Cava finishes with good cut and precision.  Enjoy it on its own or with lighter foods, even sushi."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Nov 1, 2011

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2007) - "The 2007 Brut Reserva is a blend of Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Chardonnay aged 15-24 months on the lees. It reveals an expressive nose of biscuit, white fruits, and mineral leading to a dry, crisp, medium-weight elegant Cava that will provide pleasure over the next 12-18 months."

87 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2006) - "Bright straw with a fine bead. Stony lime and lemongrass aromas are complemented by a hint of anise. Very dry and a bit austere, offering tangy citrus flavors and strong mineral cut. The finish repeats the lemongrass note and leaves salty mineral and white pepper notes behind. I like this wine's linear personality; it should be very flexible at the table."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Feb 2, 2010

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2006) - "Cava values under $25."

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 27, 2009

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2005) - "Bright yellow. Seductively perfumed aromas of Anjou pear, yellow apple and smoky minerals. Pliant orchard and pit fruit flavors boast very good concentration and are energized by dusty minerals, which add good back-end snap. The smoky note repeats on the long, sappy finish. This delivers serious bang for the buck."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 30, 2008

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2005) - "Nice and fresh, with defined, attractive apple and pear aromas. Dry and fruity in the mouth, with a tad of sweetness to the firm papaya, lime and apple flavors. Ripe and round enough, with balance. The total package in cava. "

88 Points, Best Buy
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 1, 2006

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2005) - "Best Buy Spanish Cava $20 and Under."

87 Points - Best Buy
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "This excellent Cava is a perennial Best Buy in the pages of this journal and the 2003 Brut is no exception. Light straw-colored, it offers excellent effervescence, dry apple and pear flavors, and good length. Drink it over the next 12-18 months."

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "Pale gold. Stony, spicy scents of apple, pear, ginger and lemongrass. Brisk and nervy on the palate but fleshy too, with good weight to the ripe orchard fruit flavors and suave touches of exotic spices and herbs. Expands through the finish, showing a range of bright, tangy citrus notes and good length. A noteworthy value."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 15, 2006

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "Crisp, clean sparkler, a touch grapey but with an intriguing nose and flavor. - HHHH"

****
Michael Lonsford, The Houston Chronicle, May 1, 2006

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "Sweet apple and pear flavors fill this off-dry Cava, its light mousse carrying a gentle, honeyed scent. Chill it for chicken sausages."


Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2006

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MONT-MARçAL VINíCOLA WINERY INFO

Overview: Estate founded in 1975 by Manuel Sancho, noted Spanish recording empresario, upon purchase of a 19th-century convent in the heart of the Penedès region. 100 acres of estate vineyards planted to local varieties plus Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay form the basis for an important production of both Cava and table wines.

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History: Manuel Sancho's 230-acre estate, "Finca Manlleu," is located on a prominent chalky knoll five miles south of Vilafranca del Penedès overlooking the hamlet of Sant Marçal. One hundred acres are planted to Parellada, Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Chardonnay for white wines; Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds. The "Mont" provides 360-degree exposure, creating a wide variety of microclimates for maturation of the various varieties.

In 1975, Manuel Sancho purchased a neglected 19th-century convent, originally a 14th-century farmhouse, converting it to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and initiating the restructuring of the vineyards. Recent excavation has expanded the CAVA aging and bottling capacity, at the same time revealing medieval underground passageways in the chalk which have been carefully preserved for additional bottle storage.

Intrinsic vineyard quality and careful handling of the grapes obtain a naturally-rich base wine in little need of dosage. Mont-Marçal Brut Reserva is produced from the indigenous white grapes, Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Xarel-lo, aged at least 24 months with the yeast, and disgorged on order for shipment.

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