2007 Can Mayol Loxarel Gran Reserva Familiar Brut Nature Penedes

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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. (We will likely bring a few of these in for spring/summer…) 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. Featuring some of the property's oldest, most prized parcels of Xarel-lo grapes, the gran reserva sees 42 months on its lees. This is not the fanciest of their bottlings (we will likely bring in a version that spends 109 months on its lees at some point!) but is arguably their most drinkable, effortless and elegant expression. This is very impressive Cava that I can honestly say gives a lot of Champagne at twice the price a real run for its money. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2013  | Send Email
The Gran Reserva Familiar from Can Mayol Loxarel offers up a lot more than just simple refreshment, and I was very impressed by it in today’s staff tasting. The bright nose offers up some nougat and shows the patience that this high quality house has for ageing their Cava. On the palate it is light and easy going, but the very dry finish offers up some real minerality. Well done!

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/12/2012  | Send Email
This Cava spends 40 months sur lie, and is even more Champagne-like on the nose than the Refugi. Lovely, nutty, apple-y, almost Fino sherry-like aromas. Rich and textured, this is a minerally, exceptional Cava.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/8/2012  | Send Email
I've been waiting for this to arrive since Joe brought the sample bottle with him from Spain back last summer! A new Direct Import for us, this family run estate employs organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards and in the winery. This is Cava produced the way it should be- with great care every step of the way, in the traditional method. Each bottle has the disgorgement date on it, written in ball-point pen by the winemaker! The Gran Reserva shows apple, pear, citrus, mineral and toast, with the slightest hints of earth. As 2007 was a slightly cooler year, it has wonderful fresh acidity, and would be fabulous with food or on its own to start your meal- or party! And for this price? Drink up! Salud!
Top Value!

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/3/2012  | Send Email
One of my favorite new Direct Import producers. Loxarel deals predominately in Xarel-lo for their cava production. All organic and biodyanmic vineyards with lots of old vine fruit and the Gran Reserva is aged 40 months on the lees. This is definitely the next level in cava production when it comes to flavor. Loads of mineral and spice with a vibrant snappy finish. Some nice autolytic qualities that make you think of Champagne, but don't think knock-off. This is pure expressive Cava!

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Penedes

Alcohol Content (%): 12
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