The publications’ top rated Cavas goes to two producers each receiving Gold medals and 98 points: Adernats XC (2008) at €31,75 and Codorníu Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs (2012) at €18,95.

The Wine Pleasures tasting team tasted a range of bubbly from not only the Penedès wine region which is very close to Barcelona but also from further afield from Empordà, La Rioja and Valencia.

The panel found Valencia the Pago de Tharys Millésime had just the right balance of flavours to wow the wine experts and it was awarded 97 points and a Gold Medal – Some florality over pink grapefruit, apple & pear. Lean, intense, creamy ripe fruit backed by a fresh structure. Tangy & invigorating finish.

Bargain fizz with Gold medals and 97 points: Vallformosa’s Origen Brut Nature €6,99 and Mas Codina’ Brut Rosé Reserva €10

If you prefer to splurge on long aged Cavas, Juvé I Camps’ La Capella (108 months on the lees) should be top of your Cava shopping list. Its complex nose of ripe apricots, figs & toasted nuts with a weighty  yet still lively palate with a rich nutty finish won the Wine Pleasures judges over – retailing at €67.

Looking for a festive gift for a bubble lover? The Agustí Torelló Mata Kripta Cava is guaranteed to impress the bubble connoisseur. The Sumarroca Núria Claverol at €35  – has elegant bakery, toast & underlying citrus notes on the nose. A delicious ripe & plump fruity palate with good balance of acidity & sweetness with a discreet bitter taste in long fruity finish. Cava Varias – Flors i Violes Brut will appeal to young Cava lovers and is a great Cava Brut with a festive packaging at just €7,5 and Cava Pere Mata Cuvée Barcelona will appeal to Modernist architecture admirers – Floral, honeysuckle character with a touch of anise. A nice creaminess & subtle vinosity with a good seam of acidity which maintains liveliness.

Celler Vell’s Cuvée Les Solanes also did well with 96 points and a Gold medal as did Felix Masanna’s organic Cava Brut Nature Reserva retailing at just €8,65

Finca Valldosera’s Signature Cava made with 100% Subirat Parent and Llopart’s Ex-Vite won gold and both are placed in the top 25.

Castell Sant Antoni –  Torre de L’ Homenatge was one of the longest aged Cavas (120 months) winning Gold with 96 points. Cava Mestres with Mestres Coquet  (50 months) also gold winner andVilarnau’s Gran Reserva Brut Vintage also came in with Gold with 96 points.

The 50 Great Cava tastings were done blind by a panel of wine experts. Each expert tasted the wines according to dosage and ageing and took notes and gave scores for colour, aromas, taste, balance, acidity and a host of other criteria. The experts then discussed their tasting notes, agreed on a score for each Cava, and decided which should be awarded 50 Great Cava status.

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