Can Mayol Loxarel "999" Brut Nature Rosat Penedes

SKU #1146232 91 points Wine & Spirits

 There’s intriguing complexity to this firmly structured rosé, a meaty wine that’s dry without feeling tannic. The mousse is finely integrated into the flavor, set to lift the flavors of duck confit or roast quail.  (8/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Loxarel 999 Rosat is made up of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Trepat. Salmon pink in color with persistent small bubbles, it is a tasty wine best used as an aperitif.  (5/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Orange-pink. Musky red fruits, herbs and flowers on the nose, along with a hint of underbrush. Taut redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors are braced by gentle acidity, ultimately showing a slight tartness. The brisk, dry-edged finish features good persistence and an echo of bitter cherry skin.  (11/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Good on the nose, with solid raspberry and nectarine aromas. The palate is spunky and alert, with juicy red-cherry, rhubarb and integrated spice flavors. It’s mostly a clean, basic, easy-to-drink bubbly, but it’s persistent, harmonious and commendable. Pinot Noir with Trepat is the grape mix.  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

Can Mayol is one of our favorite Spanish direct import properties. Working organically, and employing biodynamic treatments as well on their property, they produce sparkling Penedes wines of real expression and stunning purity. The 999 is a blend of Pinot Noir and Xarel-lo, full of crisp, tangy red fruit flavors and without a hint of sugar (dosage) added. If you like your bubbly dry, this is one to try! Very interesting, delicious, and a real overachiever at under $13! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
The low price here may fool you into thinking this is just a simple sparkling wine but don't sell this substantial cava short. Bone dry in style with intense red fruits and a hint of spice, this greatly outperforms the price point. Add this to your list of great Spanish wine values to try soon.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
Can Mayol's Loxarel 999 is quickly moving from hidden gem to popular favorite. While this wine doesn’t feature the native Trepat that sometimes makes it into Loxarel’s rosés, it is no less of an interesting, rustic sparkler. Bright red fruit with an exuberant effervescence, gorgeous mousse texture, and singing dry finish, 999 shows a complexity that’s shocking given the price. Another win for the DI program!

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2015 | Send Email
This is a super impressive value bubbly that delivers fun, delicious red fruit flavors with a dry, clean finish. At $13 bucks, this bottle totally over-delivers! Super recommended for any occasion.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2015 | Send Email
Little by little, more folks are discovering this gem of a a producer of sparkling Penedes wine (they refuse to label it Cava, since cava can technically come from many places outside of the Penedes region where they are based). This is our go to household pink bubbly. It is unapologetically dry, yet so flavorful, explosive and authoritative on the palate, that it is hard to believe we are dealing with under $15 bubbles here. Tangy red fruits, perhaps a suggestion of hibiscus, combine with a nice bead and pleasing texture to make this such a great sparkling wine for the money. As this is a DI, I have been to the property, seen the care with which these vines are grown and the wine is made, and can only say that all of the Loxarel wines, including this one, have my highest recommendation.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2015 | Send Email
I love Rose, and I love it even more if it has bubbles in it and only takes $12.99 out of your pocket. This sparkling Cava has quickly cemented itself as one of our everyday bottle of bubbles in our house. Super dry, with no dosage to hide behind, the palate is crisp and clean, notes of raspberry and dried cranberry. Pure, almost crystalline, delicious wine.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2014 | Send Email
This is an absolutely wonderful, delicious Cava Brut Rose with distinctive red fruit characteristics of strawberry and red cherry, not only in the mouth, but in its high-profile aromatics. Dry, clean, and crisp across the palate, this Gem finishes with a mouthwatering set of flavors. The Bean has informed me that we need cases of this brilliantly produced Gem before the summer ends. It will be our house sparkler for however long it is around. You should not miss this beauty.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2014 | Send Email
This is a bone dry and serious bottle of bubbly offered at a ridiculous price. With its sophisticated bead, laser like red fruit flavors of cherry and berry and steely finish, this would be right at home with the classiest of fare. Try this with surf & turf or sushi and don't be embarrassed by the price.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.