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

"[offers] a vibrant mix of lime, tart orange, salty minerality, wild fennel, gentle smokiness...really the perfect balance for most casual Cava drinkers" —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Cava D.O.
35% Parellada (41 year old vines), 35% Xarel•lo (30 year old vines) and 30% Macabeo (49 year old vines)
260-450 meters / range of soil from deep/stony to clay-loam and limestone
Farming Methods
Certified organic grapes from 4 different vineyard plots, Camp Gran, Parada Llarga, La Font and La Masia, Vegan
All fruit was hand harvested in mid-late September
Individual varieties are fermented separately in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks
Aged on the lees for 15 months prior to disgorging and release; 8 grams/liter dosage
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
1+1=3 Cygnus Cava Brut Reserva (Organic) NV
92 (W&S) 90 (VM) 90 (RP) 89 (WE) 89 (VfC)
Score Publication Review Copy
92 Wine & Spirits Magazine A selection of organically farmed parellada, xarel-lo and macabeo from four estate parcels in Penedès, this delivers the creamy richness of those classical Cava varieties bottle-aged on the lees, upping the ante with refreshing pink grapefruit flavors. Those flavors volatilize into citrus scents that last, deliciously savory.
Joshua Greene - August 2021 (Best Buy)
90 Vinous Media Pale yellow. A lively, sharply focused nose features fresh citrus and orchard fruit and floral qualities, along with a zesty mineral nuance. Chewy, tightly focused lemon, quince and honeysuckle flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge and a spicy touch of ginger. Finishes dry and precise, with a repeating floral note and very good persistence. Lot #19234, disgorged in September 2019. 2021- 2024
Josh Raynolds - March 2021
90 The Wine Advocate The Non-Vintage Cygnus Brut Organic exhibits similar aromatics [a sophisticated nose of flowers, mineral, smoked nuts, and brioche] with greater depth and flavors on the palate.
In recent years One Plus One Equals Three has been a reliable producer of quality Cava. These new releases are all excellent with several offering very good value.
89 Wine Enthusiast Apple and mild citrus aromas are touched up by vanilla but also green notes of lettuce leaf. A citric, acid-driven palate delivers flavors of briny orange and grapefruit, while this wine feels healthy on a long finish.
November 2018
89 View from the Cellar The brand new arrival of Cygnus’ organic Brut non-vintage Cava has a slightly different cépages from the Brut Nature, as the blend for this bottling is thirty-five percent each of Xarel-lo and Parellada and thirty percent Macabeo. This wine is from the base year of 2018 and was aged fifteen to twenty months prior to its disgorgement in August 2020, with a finishing dosage of eight grams per liter. The wine delivers a refined bouquet of lemon, tart pear, a touch of lemongrass, fleur de sel, chalky soil tones and a wisp of white flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and shows lovely mineral drive, with a good core, fine focus, pinpoint bubbles and good length and grip on the complex finish. This is a very nice bottle of Brut, but the current release of Brut Nature is a touch more precise on the backend to my palate. 2021-2035+.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
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