2010 Raventós i Blanc, Manuel Raventós Negra, Brut

2010 Raventós i Blanc, Manuel Raventós Negra, Brut

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2010 Raventós i Blanc, Manuel Raventós Negra, Brut

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The 2010 Manuel Ravents Negra is marked by one of the best vintages of recent years (but wait for 2013!), with a long and cold winter, and a perfect summer with enough rain in mid-August to ensure perfect and slow ripening of the grapes. This year the blend came up to 70% Xarello, 20% Macabeo and 10% Parellada. This hasn't had as much lees contact as some of the older vintages and there is very good freshness. 2010 is a very balanced vintage and it shows in this wine. The nose is very balsamic, somehow Mediterranean, a little minty, the one that to me shows the origin more faithfully. Of the three vintages I tasted together, this is the more generous wine, always within the serious and somehow austere style. None of the wines here are are voluptuous, they are more about the soils than fruit. It ends mineral, tasty and long. Great wine. 2,212 bottles.
Luis Gutirrez - 28/10/2016

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Raventos i Blanc

Raventos i Blanc

The Raventos family have a viticultural tradition dating back to 1497, making them one of the oldest continuous vineyard owners in the world. Josep Maria Raventos i Fatjo is credited with producing the first Cava in 1872, creating a legacy that the following generations take very seriously. In 1986 Josep Maria Raventos i Blanc decided to sell his share of Cordoniu, then under the ownership of the family, keeping the best vineyards for the newly created Raventos i Blanc estate (46 plots each of them with a completely distinct identity). The focus since has been on quality and regionality, in particular expressing the special properties of the terroirs around Saint Saturni d’Anoia.

The sparkling wines are made using only the indigenous varieties Xarel-lo, Parellada, Macabeo and Monastrell and show real depth, expression and longevity. Current proprietor, Pepe Raventos, places high importance on the health of the vineyard environment creating a biosynergy where the animals, the vines, the soil and the people work together as an agricultural unit. The estate reached its certified organic status in 2012.

As of 2013, Raventos i Blanc are no longer part of the Cava DO and have started the process of creating a new, terroir driven appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia (the proposed delimited area covers the are between the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan mountains spanning between the river Anoia and river Foix.)

The decision to leave the DO stemmed out of the desire to set a standard in high quality wine production where rules such as the use of only indigenous grapes, ecological viticulture (100% Biodynamic), estate produced and estate bottled fruit and minimum ageing requirements apply (18 months). In the words of Pepe Raventós  the aim behind this new proposed appellation is " to recover the  name Conca del Riu Anoia: a small geographical area, to help us to better understand and convey our viticultural traditions, the strength of our land, our unique grape varieties and the characteristics of  our soils"

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Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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The Wine Advocate94/100
The Wine Advocate94/100
The 2010 Manuel Ravents Negra is marked by one of the best vintages of recent years (but wait for 2013!), with a long and cold winter, and a perfect summer with enough rain in mid-August to ensure perfect and slow ripening of the grapes. This year the blend came up to 70% Xarello, 20% Macabeo and 10% Parellada. This hasn't had as much lees contact as some of the older vintages and there is very good freshness. 2010 is a very balanced vintage and it shows in this wine. The nose is very balsamic, somehow Mediterranean, a little minty, the one that to me shows the origin more faithfully. Of the three vintages I tasted together, this is the more generous wine, always within the serious and somehow austere style. None of the wines here are are voluptuous, they are more about the soils than fruit. It ends mineral, tasty and long. Great wine. 2,212 bottles.
Luis Gutirrez - 28/10/2016 Read more