1+1=3 Cygnus Albireo Brut Reserva (Organic)

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Appellation
Cava D.O.
Grape(s)
35% Parellada (41-yr-old vines), 35% Xarel•lo (30-yr-old vines) & 30% Macabeo (49-yr old vines)
Altitude/Soil
260-450 meters / range of soil from deep/stony to clay-loam and limestone
Farming Methods
Organic and Vegan certified
Harvest
Harvest in small boxes by hand starting beginning of September
Production
Individual varieties are fermented separately in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged on the lees for minimum 15 months prior to disgorging and release
Suggested Retail Price
$20
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1+1=3 Cygnus Albireo Brut Reserva (Organic) NV
90+ (VfC)
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90+ View from the Cellar The Cygnus “Albireo” bottling is crafted from a combination of thirty-five percent each of Parellada and Xarel-lo, coupled with thirty percent Macabeo. The vines are a bit older for this bottling than in the regular Brut NV, with the Macabeo vines nearly fifty years of age now. The wine is from the base year of 2019 again and was disgorged in October of 2021, with 8.5 grams of finishing dosage. The wine shows more depth on the nose than the regular bottling, offering up scents of green apple, fresh lime, a touch of menthol, lovely, salty soil tones and a topnote of lemongrass. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, focused and nascently complex, with an excellent core of fruit, fine mineral signature, frothy mousse and a long, crisp and beautifully balanced finish. This has the depth in the mid-palate to repay aging and is an excellent value! Altogether, just a touch more serious than the regular bottling. 2022-2045+.
John Gilman - Issue #98 March-April 2022
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