Welcome to Pop or FLOP
Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Subirats, Catalonia
🍾 Variety: Cava
🍇 Grape varieties: 40% Chardonnay, 25% Macabeu, 25% Xarel.lo, 10% Pinot Noir
🌶️ Taste: brut nature
📅 Vintage: 2007
📅 Disgorgement date: 08/2019
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: –
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 30,85 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 16 May 2020
Cava means that the sparkling wine was made in the cellar. In other words, it is consumer information about the manufacturing process.
Cava is protected with the quality label called Denominación de Origen Cava since 1986. DO Cava is therefore not a designation of origin from a specific region. It is a quality indicator. It’s marked with a burned-in star in the cork.
Bottle fermentation is mandatory. Reservas are aging on the yeast for at least 18 months. Gran Reservas at least 30 months.
Cava Bertha exists since 1989. Until 2014 the cellars were located in the central area of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Afterwards they moved to a better suited location in Subirats.
For Bertha Max, Gran Reserva, 2007, brut nature thee four grape varieties were separately vinified following the traditional Champenoise method. The cava ferments in oak barrel. It is said to be excellently right now. On the way to its peak, it certainly is more akin to classic Champagne than to traditional Cava.
Spoiler.: Oh super. Would I only have done my homework and read this before. Lazy me. That is not my taste at all.
The bottle neck and cork is extra sealed. Not by foil but a waxlike plastic. That method goes back to the 19th century to protect the cork.
Bertha offers free guides tours. Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 15:00.
The cava Bertha Max Gran Reserva has a a golden colour with a hint of orange. That is a good sign of long maturation. Bubbles are rather on the big side.
Fine smell like in a French patisserie. Plenty of a butter, baked apples and brioche.
I’m torn. The long ageing gives Bertha Max, Gran Reserva, 2007, a complex taste. It’s creamy with peach fruit and citrus aromas. Toasted notes are obviously on the palate. The acidity is rather on the tart side.
Something is missing. Dan’t point a finger to it. I’m not happy with the mix and don’t want another glass. My stomach protests. On the whole it’s not my drink.
POP or FLOP
It just doesn’t taste of more. Something is missing, even if there is plenty of grapes involved. Maybe it doesn’t work to mix French and Spanish sparkling wine traditions. Bertha Max, Gran Reserva, 2007, brut nature is neither cava nor champagne.
All things considered it is a more a cava that wants to be a Champagne. A No-Go in my world. To many grape varieties result in an undefinable taste mix.
What’s wrong to make Cava with SPANISH identiy. Agustí Torelló Mata, KRIPTA, 2010, brut nature has success with it, for example.
Next change to convince is Bertha Siglo XXL Brut Nature 2007. Non-champagne sparkler according to the vineyard.