2013 Can Mayol Loxarel "Refugi" Reserva Brut Nature Penedes

SKU #1265620 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The yeasty and smoky 2013 Refugi is a wine they produce in a refuge (refugi is the Catalan word) in the vineyard, ten meters below ground, and it's mostly Xarello with 10% Chardonnay; it is partly fermented in new 500-liter Hungarian oak barrels with a second fermentation in bottle following the traditional method. It was kept with the lees for no less than 20 months. The effect of the oak is noticeable but not overwhelming, providing sensations of toasted bread and cold bonfire. The palate shows lively acidity and effervescent bubbles that provide freshness and length. It has a pleasant, slightly bitter and mineral finish. (LG)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

Bottling under the trademarked name "Loxarel," Can Mayol 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. The focus is on "Brut Nature" (no dosage added) Penedes sparkling wine (they abandoned the "Cava" designation a few years ago). 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. For the "Refugi" bottling, the blend of late has been Xarel-lo, including some top quality 70-year-old fruit, and Chardonnay. This is a brisk, bone dry style, with a saline, chalky, lemony quality. It is the most linear and driest of our current Loxarel wines. A singular sparkling wine, and for under $18! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2017 | Send Email
This is clean and focused with orchard fruits and apple tones to the somewhat leesy entry. The Chardonnay makes its presence felt in the mid-palate then the fine finish leaves a chalky freshness.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2016 | Send Email
This 2013 vintage, freshly disgorged bottling of Refugi is showing spectacularly well. Bright, salty mineral laced citrus flavors show a rare combination of traits for under $20 bubbly: bone dry yet super drinkable, elegant bead and texture, and the intrigue that keeps you coming back for another (large) sip. New bottle and package for this crisp and linear number from staff favorite DI Can Mayol Loxarel. Think of it as their blanc des blancs: racy, clean and mineral driven.

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- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 12