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Mont Marçal Vinícola

Mont Marçal Brut Reserva 2016

Price: $17.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Mont Marçal Vinícola
Vintage Year: 2016
Highest Rating: 90pts ( Vinous)
Country: Spain
Region: Cataluña
Appellation: D.O. Cava


Estate bottled and disgorged upon order following minimum of 18 months aging on lees. Produced from Xarel-lo, Macabeo, & Chardonnay grapes in a classically dry style. Finely beaded texture with doughy complexity and excellent fruit on the dry finish. Zesty aromas of citrus and ripe yellow fruit -like a gently spiced pear set in pastry.

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Mont Marçal Brut Reserva (2018) - "'BEST BUY' A satisfying Cava with scents of apple blossoms and light flavors of Bartlett pear, this is light and airy, refreshingly brisk. It lasts with a pleasantly bitter spice, bringing you back for another sip."

90 Points
Joshua Greene, Wine and Spirits, Aug 31, 2021

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Mont Marçal Brut Reserva (2017) - "Poached apple, tangerine and pastry cream notes are layered with lemon curd and chopped nut accents in this mouthwatering Cava. Lively and balanced, with a skein of spice winding through the finish. Drink now. 30,000 cases made, 6,000 cases imported. "

89 Points
Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, Feb 29, 2020

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Mont Marçal 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 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 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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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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