Mestres – Visol, Gran Reserva, Brut Nature, 2011

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Mestres Visol 2011

🌐 Region: Barcelona
🇪🇸 Country: Spain
🍾 Variety: Cava
🍇 Grape varieties: 35% Macabeu, 40% Xarel.lo, 25% Parellada
🌶️ Taste: brut nature
📅 Vintage: 2011
📅 Disgorgement date: December 2018
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: <3 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 19,95 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP

🔗 Mestres

🥂 Drink of the day: 14 April 2020

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 specialty of Mestres.

The name Vi-sol means “Only wine”. Visol is the first vintage produced with No Dosage in 1945 in the Mestres family cellar by Josep Mestres.

And the best thing is, all is indeed written on the label. That is clear consumer information.

Mestres Visol 2011
Label Mestres Visol 2011

The second fermentation takes place in the bottle, with 100% natural cork. According to Mestres that improves the structure and complexity. The result 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.

Mestres Visol 2011


Deep yellow colour that is almost golden. Overall ultra-fine perlage that is almost invisible.


It smells of vanilla and dried fruit.


There is a long aftertaste for minutes. Mestres Visol 2011 comes in layers. It is a thin cup of tea to start with and the finish is a taste explosion of vanilla, plum, peach, pear and raisins. It’s almost too much.

After a bite of food it gets very boring. The body is to thin and the aftertaste too rich. The balance is kind of off.


FLOP. Not a bad bottle, but it didn’t work for me. I think Mestres achieved what they wanted to achieve by reading the philosophy behind Visol. It’s intended to go clear through the mouth and having an persistent aftertaste.

But for me it is the wrong way round. I want taste in the first sip. I want a full rich body taste. And afterwards a nice smooth aftertaste if possible. The Visol 2011 has no character in the beginning. The palate is weak compared to the long aftertaste.