2005 Can Mayol Loxarel "109 Mesos" Gran Reserva Brut Penedes

SKU #1311281 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 109 Gran Reserva is old vine, head-pruned Xarello with 10% Chardonnay kept in bottle with the lees for no less than 109 months until it is released, but the 'sur lie' can be much longer—in fact, until you decide to pull the cork, as the bottles are sold without being disgorged. It's therefore cloudy and full of lees (depending on how much you shake the bottle!), which help prevent oxidation in the wine and continue evolving in the bottle. I have been greatly impressed with this bottling in the past and was very much looking forward to this 2005, which revealed a complex and smoky nose full of leesy aromas of baked bread and brioche, but keeping some fennel and white flower notes in the background; it developed more camphor and balsamic aromas as the wine sat in the glass. It has good volume and length supported by a solid spine of acidity. The bubbles, given the long time in bottle, are small and quite integrated, providing texture and amplifying aromas and flavors. There is good complexity and a sharp, mineral finish. I've tasted older vintages and they develop nicely in bottle. I think this is just a tad below the lovely 2004, just a notch more linearity. 1,000 bottles produced.  (10/2016)

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) sparkling wine 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, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive and pick up an incredible minerality, which makes these wines wonderfully distinctive and very exciting to drink. Consisting of 60% Pinot Noir, the winery still chooses to label MM as a Blanc de Noir given the predominance of PN in the blend. This has the requisite Pinot Noir round, fleshy fruit and mouthfeel, but with mouth watering chalkiness as well! As with all their other wines we carry, MM is bottled Brut Nature, so what you are tasting is the product of distinctive, organically farmed fruit on a great calcareous site, fermented dry, and aged on the lees for over 6 years without any added sugar. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/14/2017 | Send Email
109 Mesos is the tete de cuvee at Can Mayol. The oldest vine Xarel-lo vines are blended with a 10% dash of Chardonnay, and as the name suggests aged on its lees for 109 months, under cork. In fact, it is never disgorged, as winemaker Josep Mitjans believes that for this cuvee the lees, which contributes to the wine's complexity, longevity and freshness, should be allowed to do so right up until the point of purchase. That said, you will need a toolbox on hand to grab a pair of pliers, bend the iron prongs and disgorge this beauty yourself. You will be amply rewarded with one of the most original bottles of bubbles in our inventory. Maybe about seven years ago, I tasted just a few of the bubblies from Loxarel at a Spanish wine trade show. Ever since then I have been hooked. I have consumed so many bottles across their dizzying array of products, and built up so much product conviction along the way, that I would put these up against any sparkling wines in the store.

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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.
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Penedes