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Colet-Navazos Extra Brut Reserva 2008

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Colet-Navazos Extra Brut Reserva 2008
Producer Equipo Navazos
Region, Country Penedes, Spain
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 22415-750

The Sergi Colet/Equipo Navazos partnership started in 2003 when the two producers began discussing the parallels between Sherry and Champagne (chalk soils, the significance of reserve/aged wines, etc.). The conversation quickly turned to how one could produce Spanish sparkling wines that somehow incorporated the terroir of Sherry country. After a number of trials, the model was set.


Colet-Navazos sparkling wines fall under the Penedès DO and are produced in the Champagne method from Xarel.lo and Chardonnay base wines sourced from Colet’s organically tended vineyards in Pacs del Penedès and Sant Marti Sarroca. The Sherry-country presence is felt in the secondary fermentation—which uses a small amount of flor yeast—and in using different La Bota Sherries for the dosage.


The Extra Brut sees roughly three years of lees aging, whereas the Reserva ages on its lees for a further year. The program also includes a bottle-aged library, from where three of the wines below have been selected. These are some of the most unique sparkling wines on the market—there is nothing else like them. As a general guide, the wines are vibrant, enthrallingly fresh and elegant, as well as intellectually stimulating. The best of both worlds! Luis Gutiérrez of The Wine Advocate has described them as Champagne with a Sherry spirit, and the Reserva ages beautifully, taking on more and more complexity and savour as the years go by. Needless to say, they work beautifully with a wide range of foods.

Colet-Navazos Extra Brut Reserva 2008

Reviews

“The 2008 Colet-Navazos Extra Brut Reserva is based upon 60% Chardonnay (60%) and the rest Macabeu and Xarel.lo with around 42 months lees aging (disgorged September 2012). It offers an inviting, generous bouquet of almond, dried honey and a subtle yeasty note in the background. The palate is crisp and light on the entry – very airy and delicate with a feminine, extremely focused bone-dry, penetrating finish. It exudes great complexity and remains wonderfully focused in the glass, the flor element becoming a little more pronounced after 5 to 10 minutes in the glass. This is an entrancing, intellectual sparkling wine.”
92 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Reviews

“The 2008 Colet-Navazos Extra Brut Reserva is based upon 60% Chardonnay (60%) and the rest Macabeu and Xarel.lo with around 42 months lees aging (disgorged September 2012). It offers an inviting, generous bouquet of almond, dried honey and a subtle yeasty note in the background. The palate is crisp and light on the entry – very airy and delicate with a feminine, extremely focused bone-dry, penetrating finish. It exudes great complexity and remains wonderfully focused in the glass, the flor element becoming a little more pronounced after 5 to 10 minutes in the glass. This is an entrancing, intellectual sparkling wine.”
92 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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