1+1=3 Cava Brut

"Cava 1 + 1 = 3 is one of the very finest producers of sparkling wine in Cataluña" —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Cava D.O.
40% Xarel•lo (23 year old vines), 35% Parellada (54-year-old vines) and 25% Macabeo (49 year old vines), selected grapes from own vineyards located in the Alt Penedès region (Catalonia, Spain)
350 meters above sea level with mix of clay-loam and limestone soils
Farming Methods
Organic and Vegan certified
Hand harvested
Individual varieties are fermented separately in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks
Final blend aged for a minumum of 12 months on lees (disgorging date on back label - October 2021); 8 grams/liter dosage
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
1+1=3 Cava Brut NV
89 (VfC) 89 (VM) ** (WP) #5 (VP)
Score Publication Review Copy
89 View from the Cellar “1+1=3” is one of my favorite sparkling wine producers in Cataluna. Their non-vintage Brut bottling is made entirely from organically-certified vineyards, with the cépages of the new release being forty percent Xarel-lo, thirty-five percent Parellada and twenty-five percent Macabeo, with the latter two varieties hailing from vines in excess fifty years of age. The wine is from the base year of 2018 and was disgorged in June of 2020 and finished with a dosage of eight grams per liter. The bouquet is vibrant and complex, wafting from the glass in a blend of lemon, menthol, salty minerality, wild fennel and just a hint of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and tangy, with a lovely core, superb mineral drive and grip, frothy mousse and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. This is 1+1=3’s entry level bottling and it is quite serious. 2021-2035.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
89 Vinous Media Bright yellow-gold. Fresh pit fruits, orange and a hint of smokiness on the nose and in the mouth. Chewy and focused, showing good depth and building spiciness on the nicely persistent finish, which leaves a hint of yellow plum behind. Lot #19093, disgorged in April 2019. 2021- 2024
Josh Raynolds - March 2021
** The Washington Post Score: ** Stars (Excellent)
This is a perennial favorite of mine for bargain bubbly, from a local importer and with great availability throughout the region. It is the classic cava grapes of xarello, parellada and macabeo, fermented and aged in the traditional champagne method, with the second (bubbly) fermentation in the bottle. Enjoy this with spicy salami, pasta or other light foods, or just turn a tough workday into a celebration.
Dave McIntyre - October 26, 2018
#5 VinePair Rated as #5 of in an article entitled: Eight of the Best Cavas Under $15, Tasted and Ranked, where editor Tim McKirdy tasted more than 40 different Cavas.
This producer might have failed math class, but there’s no doubt about its winemaking credentials. Rich in oxidative notes, this brut Cava smells like an apple turnover and is defined by pronounced doughy aromas. On the palate, it’s refreshingly acidic, with a crisp, lasting finish.
July 3, 2019
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