2009 Can Mayol Loxarel "Refugi" Reserva Brut Nature Penedes

SKU #1146226 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Refugi is a blend of Xarello with 10% Chardonnay. The base wine fermented in 500-liter oak barrels where it aged for three months and the wine carried out a second fermentation in bottle in contact with lees for 36 months. The wine is bright and pale with a shiny nose of citric fruit. It fills your mouth with tiny bubbles and clean flavors with a citric acidity and great freshness. A great introduction to sparkling wine at a great price. Drink now-2016. (LG)  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

Can Mayol, which bottles under the trademarked name "Loxarel," is a winery that has been farming organically for more than a decade. The Mitjan family, owners of Can Mayol, also employ some biodynamic treatments. They keep animals, including chickens, a horse and a donkey named Garnatxa. While the focus is on "Brut Nature" (no dosage added) Cava production, they also produce some very interesting still wines as well. In their chalky, high altitude vineyards (above 2,400 feet for their highest vines, among the highest in the Penedès D.O.), Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality, which makes these wines wonderfully distinctive and very exciting to drink. The tiny portion of Chardonnay that accompanies the old vine Xarel-lo here is fermented and aged in 300-liter used oak barrels, adding some dimension and subtle toast to this very clean, mineral, bone dry expression of Cava. Aged on its lees between 24-28 months, this is classy stuff. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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