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.
Facts: Perelada, Gran Claustro, Cuvée Especial 2012, brut nature
🌐 Region: Peralada (Girona), Catalonia
🇪🇸 Country: Spain
🍾 Variety: Cava
🍇 Grape varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
🌶️ Taste: brut nature
📅 Vintage: 2012
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 12%
🍭 Sugar content: –
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 13,00 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 12 June 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.
Since the Middle Ages wine has been produced at the Castillo Perelada. Several documents and parchments from the period showing this can be found in the library.
Gran Claustro was born when US President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited Spain in 1959. The cava was firstly served at the official reception.
Perelada, Gran Claustro Cuvée Special 2012 is a Gran Reservas. It was minimum 30 months on the lees. There is also a Reserva available in the same unusal bottle. Don’t confuse them. The label has a different colour. It was aging on the yeast for at least 18 months. No disgorgement date on the label. A part of the Chardonnay spent 4 months in oak barrels.
Perelada, Gran Claustro Cuvée Special 2012 won tastings in 2015 and 2016. Meanwhile vintage 2016 is available. The donkey senses are tingling. I see a champagne is a cava labeled bottle. Do your homework before buying.
Straw yellow colour with a steady bubble stream.
Green and yellow apple aroma with toasted notes.
Clean green apple taste with a touch of ageing tones and brioche notes. In the mouth it is slightly fruity, some oak hints, dry and not exiting. Nothing to write home to Mom about the after-taste.
POP or FLOP
Another Cava that wants to be a Champagne in reality. A No-Go in my world. It’s possible to make Cava with identity. Agustí Torelló Mata, KRIPTA, 2010, brut nature for example.