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Huguet de Can Feixes

Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2008

Price: $29.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Huguet de Can Feixes
Vintage Year: 2008
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Cava

TASTING NOTES

The Huguet family devotes certain high parcels to the production of world-class sparkling wine, blending the Montonec and Macabeo with a significant percentage Pinot Noir. Aged a minimum of 30 months, hand-riddled and disgorged on order.

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PRESS

Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2009) - "Aged notes of spices, macadamia nut and gunpowder on the nose. An intense mineral palate with spice and ginger complexity and a fresh long finish."

92 Points, Silver Award
Decanter, World Wine Awards, May 25, 2017

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2009) - "Initial charred gritty aromas become more yeasty, round, complex and friendly with airing. This feels solid and moderately full in body, with dry yeasty neutral flavors that aren’t particularly fruity. A dry, subtle finish is classy and long."

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 1, 2017

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2007) - "An estate grown blend of parellada, macabeo and pinot noir from vineyards rising above 1,200 feet in the Alt Penedès, this is a fragrant Cava and an elegant expression of these rocky Mediterranean hills. Sunniness runs through its scents of raw almonds and freshly churned butter, the mousse firm, the finish tight. A refreshing beach wine, or a wine to transport you to the beach."

93 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2012

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2007) - "This pale straw colored Cava with medium bubbles opens with wet stone, lime and bread dough like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, pleasant, balanced and easy to enjoy. The flavor profile is a mineral infused mild green apple with hints of white pepper and a touch of clementine. The finish is rather dry and refreshing. This Cava is pretty food friendly and would be a perfect opener with bacon wrapped scallops. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Feb 1, 2013

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2007) - "Light gold.  Pungent bouquet of dried pear, honey and lemon rind, with a spicy nuance that gains power with air.  Deeply pitched but dry and taut, with good clarity and bite to its ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors.  Finishes with firm grip and good length, the spicy note echoing."

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

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2006) - "Lemon, lime and minerally aromas are clean as a whistle. The palate is zesty, tight, moderately complex in feel and pulsing with green apple and citrus flavors. Finishes clean, with orange notes. A piercing wine that’s perfect for shellfish."

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

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2006) - "Can Feixes’ 2006 Huguet Gran Reserva Brut Nature contains Pinot Noir in addition to the traditional Cava grapes. Mineral, almond, peach, and floral aromas inform the nose of this crisp, dry, refined Cava. It is an excellent value meant for drinking over the next 12-18 months."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, May 4, 2011

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2006) - "Huguet de Can Feixes’ 2006 Brut Nature Gran Reserva is a blend of Parellada, Macabeo, and Pinot Noir which spent 30 months on its lees and was hand-riddled. Light straw colored, it delivers an inviting bouquet of biscuit, mineral, apple, and floral notes. On the palate it displays a smooth texture, excellent fruit, and good depth. This lengthy sparkling wine will drink nicely for several more years."

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

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2006) - "Pale yellow.  Spiced apple and quinine on the pungent nose.  Dry and nervy on the palate, offering incisive citrus and underripe orchard fruit flavors.  Finishes dry, focused and brisk, with resonating lemon zest and spice notes."

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

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2005) - "Pale gold with a slow, steady bead. Musky, mineral- accented lemon, pear and quince aromas are underscored by chalky minerals and white pepper. Firm and dry, offering sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors, with pleasantly bitter lemon pith bite on the back end. Pretty uncompromising stuff, with admirable clarity and finishing cut. This is more grown-up and structured than many Champagnes, and a superb value."

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

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2005) - "This outstanding sparkling wine was hand-riddled and has zero dosage. The 2005 Gran Reserva is medium straw-colored with persistent small bubbles. It has a lovely nose of mineral, green apple, and pear followed by a crisp, intense, dry wine with excellent length. It is better than the majority of non-vintage Champagnes as well as less expensive. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2003) - "Light, bright straw. Spiced apple and pear on the nose, with light floral and mineral qualities adding verve. Plump orchard and citrus fruit flavors are given focus and snap by a pleasantly bitter citrus pith quality, which carries through the finish. This has excellent persistence."

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

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2002) - "Terrific value, this is lean but still offers generous flavors of Meyer lemon and smoke which soften a dense bed of minerals. Spanish sparkling wine recommendation."

Three stars
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2007

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2000) - "Light and lucid, with fine pear, almond and cream aromas. The palate splashes apple and nectarine fruit, while the acids and zest on the finish function as the perfect cleanser. Crisp, tasty, and on the dot."

89 Points - Editor's Choice
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 15, 2004

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2000) - "Pale color. Strong, fine mousse. Leesy, Champagne-like aromas of lemon peel, honeysuckle and stone. Dry, clean and bright, with a fine-grained texture and flavors of apple, lemon peel and smoke. Unusually intense and classy for Cava, and long on the finish."

89 Points
Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2004

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (2000) - "A springy Cava, with subtle floral flavors underlined by apple and minerals."

*** - Excellent
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine Magazine's Wine Guide 2005, Oct 1, 2004

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (1997) - "Subtly yeasty aromas of lemon, flowers and spices; Champagne-like. Quite dry and clean, with leesy flavors of apple, citrus skin, mint and nutmeg and harmonious acidity. Very dry but smooth and rather full. Finishes firm and brisk, with good persistence. A no-dosage cava with nothing to hide"

89 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2000

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (1993) - "Precise, slightly saline aromas of fresh apple, lemon, minerals and peppermint. Full in the mouth but totally dry and light on its feet. Concentrated and very long. Quite uncompromising for a Cava. Serious bubbly."

89 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 1998

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Huguet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature (1993) - "An elegant cava that's smooth and enjoyable. It has plenty of stuffing, with grapefruit and spice flavors and rich notes on the finish. Lush and full-bodied."

88 Points
Wine Spectator, Buying Guide, Aug 31, 1998

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HUGUET DE CAN FEIXES WINERY INFO

Overview: Estate founded in 1768 by Don Jaime Feixes and acquired from Feixes descendants by the Huguet family in the late-19th century. Unchanged in boundary since its original founding, Can Feixes is over 1,000 acres of mountainside terrain, the highest vineyard estate in the region at over 1,400 feet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljfAL7sJq-w

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History: The historic Can Feixes estate is situated on gravelly slopes above the 400-meter level in an amphitheater at the tree line near the famous Montserrat pinnacle, which forms Penedès' northern boundary. The farthest Penedès vineyard from the Mediterranean, temperature variation here is more Continental in its extremes, the drier climate more conducive to grape health. The altitude and mountain terrain constitute the tiny viticultural home of the Parellada variety, locally known as Montonec ("grape of the mountain"). Recognized as the region's Grand Cru, Can Feixes sells the majority of its grapes and a large portion of the fermented wines as well. Only the best grapes, and subsequently the best wines, are kept for production under the family label. Total vineyard area of approximately 120 hectares (300 acres) is planted to Parellada (Montonec), Macabeo, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, and Cabernet, with small amounts of Pinot Noir.

Vineyard plantation at Can Feixes is documented back to the year 1400, registered by Sr. Jaume Feixes. The estate has continuously produced wine since 1690, the Huguet family acquiring the property following an interruption in descendency at the turn of the 20th century.

Today's modern bodega includes subterranean aging cellars with pupitres for manual riddling of the Huguet Brut, bottle storage and oak cooperage for the aging of red wine. Viticulture and enology are handled respectively by brothers Joan and Josep María Huguet.

Only free-run must from rigorously selected grapes is used. Bottled production averages 6,000 cases per year depending on vintage, including a fragrant, firm and minerally dry white (Can Feixes Blanc Selecció) and superb CAVA.

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