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: Barcelona
🇪🇸 Country: Spain
🍾 Variety: Cava
🍇 Grape varieties: 20% Macabeu, 60% Xarel.lo, 20% Parellada
🌶️ Taste: brut nature
📅 Vintage: 2008
📅 Disgorgement date: October 2018
🥂 Alcohol: 12,3%
🍭 Sugar content: < 1g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 29,95 €
🏆 Rating: POP
🥂 Drink of the day: 24 Dec 2019
Cava means that the sparkling wine was made in the cellar. In other words, it is consumer information about the manufacturing process.
Mestres is one of the first winemakers introducing “cava” to the market. They sell their sparkling wine as cava since 1959. Long maturation processes are the speciality of Mestres. It’s just wonderful what comes out of a bottle if you take your time.
Clos Nostre Senyor is the premium cava from Mestres. The grapes come from the Clos Nostre Senyor estate. The vines are as a matter of fact 50 years old.
The base wine is aged for 10 months in oak barrels. The cava is afterwards left on the lees for 90 months. That is more than 9 years of maturation.
You think now it’s an old and stale fizz? Wrong! The cava is fresh, even after more than 9 years of storage. Why? It was disgorged only in October 2018. From there the clock starts ticking.
And the best thing is, it is indeed written on the label. That is clear consumer information.
The second fermentation takes place in the bottle, with 100% natural cork. The cork should allow a slight oxidation of the wine during the second fermentation. The result, according to Mestres, is a rounder and more intensive palate. Second fermantation uses normally a crown cap. After disgorging, the cava gets another natural cork, with which it is sold.
Golden color, overall ultra-fine perlage.
I forgot it. Where are my notes? Gone!
Gigantic mix of freshness coupled with ripeness.
Clos Nostre Senyor 2008 tastes of fresh apples, followed by finest brioche notes and finally something smoky. Yes, I think that’s bacon. It is quite difficult to taste tall other aromas from the long ripening. The cava is a taste explosion. Dry and round, with many layers and a full-bodied finish.
POP or FLOP
POP! A taste sensation. Some say that sparkling wine is the key to long life. Others say it’s bacon. Without a doubt Mestres combined both for an unbeatable price.
Don’t torture yourself with champagne
In comparison to the colleagues from Champagne, the Mestres Clos Nostre Senyor 2008 is a bargain. If you think about to buy a Moët or Veuve Cliquot the next time, treat yourself with a Mestres cava. You have basically more value for your money.