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Recaredo Terrers Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2013

Recaredo Terrers Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2013

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"As 2012 was an extremely short vintage, I also tasted the 2013 Terrers, which is unusually high in Macabeo, as it was 58% Macabeo, 39% Xarello and 3% Parellada. The wine aged in bottle with the lees for no less than 45 months. The three vintages were clearly marked in the wines, and this 2013 is by far the freshest of the trio of 2011, 2012 and 2013. It's still very young and it should develop more complexity and nuances in bottle, disgorged or without being disgorged. 124,000 bottles produced. Drink: 2018-2023. 92 points

Recaredo keeps working to improve the referencing of the best terroirs in their wines, and the Brut de Brut has been renamed to Serral del Vell, the name of the vineyard where the grapes are sourced for this brut nature. This change was implemented with the 2008 vintage, and at the same time, the wine was admitted in the Paraje Calificado category, an official Cava appellation category created for the wines from specific places that fulfill certain conditions for quality. Recaredo fulfills and exceeds those conditions, and in fact, they are 100% certified for organic and biodynamic agriculture, using autochthonous grapes, manual harvesting, aging for a minimum of 30 months with lees in bottle and using a natural cork for all their wines (all single-harvest and brut nature wines have been certified for 15 years).

What I tasted was an amazing collection of sparkling wines, with one of the best vintages ever of Turó d'en Mota (their flagship) and a rare, one-off 1996 full of complexity and Roquefort-like notes in the nose and palate. As a side note, winemaker Ton Mata started a small family project in 2013 to produce natural sparkling wines with his wife. The first couple of vintages were fermented in Recaredo, and they are now building a small winery of their own.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (236)