|92||View from the Cellar||The cépages of the Cygnus Brut Nature “Reserva” is slightly different than the “1+1=3” bottling, as it is a mix of forty percent Xarel-lo, thirty percent each of Parellada and Macabeo, with the wine spending fully two years aging on its fine lees. The bouquet is deep and a touch more precise than very good “1+1=3”, offering up scents of lime, tart orange, beautiful, salty minerality, a touch of ocean breeze and wild fennel. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, crisp and very nicely balanced, with bright, well-integrated acids, lovely focus and grip, refined, pinpoint bubbles and impressive length and grip on the well-balanced finish. A lovely example. 2017-2027.
notes for a bottling disgorged in May 2016
|91+||View from the Cellar||The current release of Cygnus Brut Nature NV is made from a blend of forty percent of Xarel-lo and thirty percent each of Macabeo and Peralada. Again, this is produced entirely from fruit picked in certified organic vineyards and was aged for twenty to twenty-four months sur latte. The wine delivers excellent depth and complexity in its aromatic constellation of breadfruit, sea salts, white soil tones, dried flowers and a nice touch of menthol in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with beautifully buffered acids, a fine core, very elegant mousse and impressive length and grip on the classy finish. This is excellent Brut Nature. 2018-2030.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|90||Vinous Media||(disgorged in May 2016 after two years on its lees and with zero dosage) Light bright yellow. High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by notes of white flowers, ginger and chalky minerals. Dry and sharply focused, offering nicely concentrated orange and quince flavors and a refreshing touch of bitter herbs. Finishes firm, stony and quite long, with resonating spiciness and excellent clarity.|
|89||The Wine Enthusiast||Clean, fresh apple aromas and a minerally, citric palate are on point for brut nature. A lightly salty set of persimmon and apple flavors finishes lively, with dry citrus notes on the finish.