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Mont-Marçal Vinícola

Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva 2015

Price: $17.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Mont-Marçal Vinícola
Vintage Year: 2015
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Cava

TASTING NOTES

Estate-bottled, among the best Cavas regardless of price. Excellent base wine made from Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Chardonnay. Aged 18 months on the yeast, disgorged upon order.

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PRESS

Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2016) - "Light, bright straw color. Ripe lemon and yellow apple aromas are complemented by suggestions of buttered toast and fennel. Dry and chewy on the palate, offering fresh orchard/citrus fruit flavors that deepen and take on a floral quality as the wine opens up. Nicely concentrated but light on its feet, showing sharp delineation on a long, subtly smoky finish."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Apr 25, 2019

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2016) - "The 2016 Mont Marcal is gunning for California Sparklers. Fuller in style with a bit more yeast flavors than usual. Toast, apple, and hints of Anjou pear are pronounced on the palate. The bubbles are lively and medium in size, but they don't overtake the flavors. Instead, they add to it. The acidity is bright, but again doesn't overwhelm. This sparkler would be perfect with bacon wrapped scallops. "

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 7, 2018

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2016) - "A round and subtle style with a gentle effervescence and long, dry, fruity finish. A good, snappy drink. Silver Medal. "

90 Points
Decanter, May 31, 2018

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2014) - "Pale green-tinged gold. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying ripe pear and melon scents and a zesty lemon pith topnote. Fleshy, dry and focused on the palate, offering Meyer lemon, honeydew and yellow apple flavors that are given an edge of spiciness by a subtle ginger note. Closes with bright, minerally cut, repeating florality and very good persistence."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 20, 2017

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2012) - "Bright yellow-gold. Musky orchard and pit fruit aromas are joined by subtle herbs and candied orange zest. The broad, spicy palate conveys bitter pear skin, quinine and a touch of fennel. Closes on a slightly firm note, with good cling and echoing spice."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 21, 2016

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2012) - "Cava may be the most underrated sparkling wine style, but I’m not sure why. After trying the Mont Marcal Cava Brut Reserva NV, I can firmly say Cava is one of the best values around. Displaying the same bright acids, hints of caramelized tangerines, brioche, with a tantalizing burst of bubbles, Mont Marcal Cava is what few are. This sparkler is worth every penny."

88 Points
Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 20, 2015

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2011) - "Nutty notes and scents of black pepper are scattered amoung the bubbles of this wine. Its citrus acidity is refreshing and crisp, ideal for abalone with mayonaise."

88 Points ~ Best Buy
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2015

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2007) - "Green apple, peach and melon aromas are common but perfectly clean and inviting. The palate is refined and hints at elegance as it delivers very good lime, gooseberry and fresh celery flavors. Long and dry on the finish, with lip-smacking acidity."

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 1, 2011

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2007) - "Light gold.  Heady aromas of dried pear, peach pit and orange, with a spicy overlay.  Juicy and penetrating, offering firm citrus zest and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. This refreshingly dry, grown-up Cava finishes with good cut and precision.  Enjoy it on its own or with lighter foods, even sushi."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Nov 1, 2011

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2007) - "The 2007 Brut Reserva is a blend of Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Chardonnay aged 15-24 months on the lees. It reveals an expressive nose of biscuit, white fruits, and mineral leading to a dry, crisp, medium-weight elegant Cava that will provide pleasure over the next 12-18 months."

87 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2006) - "Bright straw with a fine bead. Stony lime and lemongrass aromas are complemented by a hint of anise. Very dry and a bit austere, offering tangy citrus flavors and strong mineral cut. The finish repeats the lemongrass note and leaves salty mineral and white pepper notes behind. I like this wine's linear personality; it should be very flexible at the table."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Feb 2, 2010

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2006) - "Cava values under $25."

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 27, 2009

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2005) - "Bright yellow. Seductively perfumed aromas of Anjou pear, yellow apple and smoky minerals. Pliant orchard and pit fruit flavors boast very good concentration and are energized by dusty minerals, which add good back-end snap. The smoky note repeats on the long, sappy finish. This delivers serious bang for the buck."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 30, 2008

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2005) - "Nice and fresh, with defined, attractive apple and pear aromas. Dry and fruity in the mouth, with a tad of sweetness to the firm papaya, lime and apple flavors. Ripe and round enough, with balance. The total package in cava. "

88 Points, Best Buy
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 1, 2006

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2005) - "Best Buy Spanish Cava $20 and Under."

87 Points - Best Buy
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "This excellent Cava is a perennial Best Buy in the pages of this journal and the 2003 Brut is no exception. Light straw-colored, it offers excellent effervescence, dry apple and pear flavors, and good length. Drink it over the next 12-18 months."

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "Pale gold. Stony, spicy scents of apple, pear, ginger and lemongrass. Brisk and nervy on the palate but fleshy too, with good weight to the ripe orchard fruit flavors and suave touches of exotic spices and herbs. Expands through the finish, showing a range of bright, tangy citrus notes and good length. A noteworthy value."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 15, 2006

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "Crisp, clean sparkler, a touch grapey but with an intriguing nose and flavor. - HHHH"

****
Michael Lonsford, The Houston Chronicle, May 1, 2006

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Mont Marçal Cava Brut Reserva (2003) - "Sweet apple and pear flavors fill this off-dry Cava, its light mousse carrying a gentle, honeyed scent. Chill it for chicken sausages."


Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2006

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MONT-MARçAL VINíCOLA WINERY INFO

Overview: The winery Mont Marçal Vinícola was founded in 1975 by Manuel Sancho who, after many years of dedication to the world of the music, directed his activity towards a new art; the world of wine and cava. Since 2015, under new ownership, the philosophy of the winery and the dedication to producing quality wines under the Denominations of Origén Penedès, Catalunya, and Cava continue. The winery, originally a 14th century farmhouse and then a 19th century convent, is now a state-of-the-art winemaking facility.

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History: Manuel Sancho's 230-acre estate, "Finca Manlleu," is located on a prominent chalky knoll five miles south of Vilafranca del Penedès overlooking the hamlet of Sant Marçal. One hundred acres are planted to Parellada, Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Chardonnay for white wines; Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds. The "Mont" provides 360-degree exposure, creating a wide variety of microclimates for maturation of the various varieties.

In 1975, Manuel Sancho purchased a neglected 19th-century convent, originally a 14th-century farmhouse, converting it to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and initiating the restructuring of the vineyards. Recent excavation has expanded the CAVA aging and bottling capacity, at the same time revealing medieval underground passageways in the chalk which have been carefully preserved for additional bottle storage.

Intrinsic vineyard quality and careful handling of the grapes obtain a naturally-rich base wine in little need of dosage. Mont-Marçal Brut Reserva is produced from the indigenous white grapes, Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Xarel-lo, aged at least 24 months with the yeast, and disgorged on order for shipment.

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