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Recaredo Reserva Particular de Recaredo Brut Nature 2005

Recaredo Reserva Particular de Recaredo Brut Nature 2005

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"The 2005 Reserva Particular de Recaredo was disgorged after 119 months in the bottle with the lees. This cuvée is a blend of 55% Xarello and 45% Macabeo from vineyards exceeding 50 years of age. All vineyards are organically and biodynamically farmed. The Xarello fermented in oak barrels and the base wine was put to referment in bottle with a cork stopper. This wine wants to keep the traditional blend of approximately same amounts of Xarello and Macabeo, which is more accessible and open, more aromatic than a pure Xarello. It might have had a little reduction, mineral perhaps, reminiscent of the diesel tones found in some Riesling. There are subtle smoke notes, yeasts, bread dough and baked brioche, incredibly subtle and elegant. 2005 was a warm and ripe year, but this wine is balanced and fresh, with a powerful palate and very tasty, with lively acidity that makes you salivate. 11,576 bottles produced. Drink: 2016-2023. 94 points

I finally managed to visit Recaredo and their old Turo d'en Mota vineyard, one of the oldest in the region. They remain at the top of the Cava hierarchy. Their Enoteca release is only 18 bottles from a given vintage, sold to restaurants, and they are offering 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. I tasted the 1998 last year and it was truly amazing."

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (227)