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Mont Marçal Vinícola

Mont Marçal Aureum Brut Nature 2012

Price: $55.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Mont Marçal Vinícola
Vintage Year: 2012
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Cava


Aureum (Latin for Golden' refers to the Golden Ratio or Divine Proportion represented by the logarithmic spiral of the Nautilus shell. Mont-Marçal's ultimate CAVA expression, selected parcels and bunches. 50 percent Xarel-lo, 30 percent Chardonnay (of which 10 percent is fermented in barrels), 10 percent Pinot Noir, 10 percent Parellada, aged a minimum of 24 months on the yeast.

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Mont Marçal Aureum Brut Nature - "Gold Medal"

Médaille d'Or
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019, May 2, 2019

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Mont Marçal Aureum Brut Nature - "This vintage no-dosage Cava is naturally smoky smelling and crisp as a whistle, with apple aromas. It feels entirely fresh and full of energy, with lemon, underripe pineapple and apple flavors. The finish is pure, and as you'd expect from a top-notch brut nature, minerally and elegant."

90 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 1, 2013

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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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