Gramona III Lustros Brut Nature, Catalonia, Spain 2014

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2014 was a bit of a groundbreaking year for the sparkling wines from Gramona; they achieved their first Demeter certifications and bought a new Champagne press. They feel the wines have gained in precision, and the 2014 Brut Nature III Lustros (so far, this is certified organic) might show it. It's a blend of 75% Xarel.lo and 25% Macabeo and has the textbook nose of the aged sparkling wines from the zone, balsamic, Mediterranean, with notes of esparto grass and thyme, a touch of bay leaf and subtle yeasts and baked bread. This has a longer time in bottle with lees, 87 months, and that gives very small bubbles and has a dry finish. It has one gram of sugar and high acidity and freshness, and it comes through as sharp and very tasty. Classical III Lustros. This has to be one of the finest recent vintages of this bottling. 50,000 bottles produced. From here on, this included, the sparkling wines age in bottle with cork, which has a big influence; the previous wines, with a shorter time sur lie (La Cuvee, Imperial and Innoble), age with a crown cap.
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