|88||View from the Cellar||The Conde de Subirats Cava non-vintage Brut does not include any Xarel-lo in its cépages, as the blend here is fifty-five percent Macabeo, forty percent Parellada and five percent Chardonnay. The wine carries a dosage of eight grams per liter and was aged fifteen months on its fine lees. The bouquet is very nicely expressive, wafting from the glass in a mix of breadfruit, a touch of olive, sea salts, straw and a nice base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and nicely focused, with a good core, elegant mousse and just a touch of backend sweetness poking out on the pretty long finish. I like this, but the dosage at six grams per liter might have given the wine just a bit more backend tension and grip. Still , this is quite tasty. 2018-2026.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|88||Vinous Media||Green-tinged yellow. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying green apple and melon scents and a citrus zest topnote. Fleshy, dry and focused, offering Meyer lemon, honeydew and bitter quinine flavors that are given a spicy edge by a subtle ginger note. Closes with nervy cut, repeating citrus character and good persistence. (aged for 18 months on its lees; Lot #L1800813C)
Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, April 25, 2019
|87||The Wine Enthusiast||Lightly briny citrus aromas are standard for the most part. A solid palate delivers lime and melony flavors along with dosage-related sweetness. A short but clean finish is a good final touch.