The family behind this bottle has been growing grapes in Catalonia, Spain, for over two centuries. Since 1921, they have been producing the Spanish sparkling wine known as Cava. Like many wineries in the region, the quality here has increased dramatically over the past decade. Bottlings such as their Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature and Rose Brut highlight the winery’s ability to create excellent sparkling wines at highly competitive prices.
The Milesime is one of their best bottlings every year and the most unique. A typical cava is made with one or all three local grapes used for sparkling wine production: Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo. Occasionally a bit of Chardonnay is thrown into the mix. However, this bottle is 100% Chardonnay, making it often much more appealing to those looking for a Cru Champagne-style wine without paying Cru Chapange prices.
Produced in a very traditional style, it spends three years on its lees before being released. Bakery scents are intoxicatingly prevalent on the nose. Toast and cream rise on the palate and the flavors sustain very well into a linear finish. Very tight bubbles bring out a touch of apple on the finish.