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Llopart Original 1887 Gran Reserva Brut 2010

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  • W&S92
750ML / 11.8% ABV
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750ML / 11.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Llopart Original 1887 has a great aromatic depth of ripe white fruit, honey... with a notable presence of brioche, toasted, butter and nuts notes. It has a powerful taste, rounded acidity, and it is very broad. From the Montònega grape extraordinary aging notes of a complex evolution can be extracted, though maintaining at the same time a delicate freshness and a subtle vibrancy. It has a delicate, long and persistent aftertaste, with ample volume.

Blend: 50% Montónega, 25% Xarel-lo, 25% Macabeo

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Now with the Cava de Paraje seal, the 2010 Original 1887 Gran Reserva Brut Nature celebrates the original coupage of the first Llopart wine produced in 1887. A blend of 50% of the Parellada strain known locally as Montonega with 25% each Xarello and Macabeo, it matured in bottle in contact with the lees for at least 80 months. I found very good complexity and balance between younger characteristics and more developed aromas and flavors, with very good freshness and overall harmony. It has some yeasty and balsamic notes, hints of camphor and still a touch of waxy apples. I like the dry finish and the focus the absence of sugar seems to provide. I find this perfect for current drinking.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
The Llopart family blend this wine from the fruit of the oldest vines in Les Flandes, a north-facing amphitheater at an elevation of 1,250 feet. Half of the wine is montònega,a pink-skinned phenotype of parellada, from vines planted in 1935; the balance is equal parts xarel-lo (planted in 1934) and macabeo (planted in 1956). That fruit comes together in a smooth, succulent sparkler, integrating honeysuckle, nectarine, foresty Mediterranean spice and an edge of minerality. It’s a complex wine, made for shellfish, whether freshly shucked clams or grilled oysters.
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The Llopart family has been growing grapes since 1385, proven by a document written in Latin that is kept in the family’s archive proving a transfer of land to Bernardus Leopardi, one of the family’s ancestors, located on the winery’s present estate, known as Can Llopart de Subirats. Over the following centuries, the family dedicated themselves to the cultivation of grapevines, wheat, and olive trees, until the late 1800’s when they committed themselves wholly to grape growing. After years of tests, the family finally released their first Cava, produced in the estate’s old masia, or country house, in 1887.

In the 1950’s the family status as a premier cava producer was solidified, when Pere Llopart i Vilarós revolutionized the operation and consolidated the production of small quantity, high quality sparkling wine, produced in the methode champenoise style.

Llopart is famous for the quality of their unique, low production sparkling wines, which express the terroir of their unique location. Their estate sits on a limestone mantle with a surface soil that is a mixture of clay and siliceous components. The vineyards are cared for with the most traditional organic methods possible. Llopart is one of the most unique, traditional, and authentic sparkling wine producers in the world.

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A superior source of white grapes for the production of Spain’s prized sparkling wine, Cava, the Penedes region is part of Catalunya and sits just south of Barcelona. Medio Penedès is the most productive source of the Cava grapes, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Penedes also grows Garnacha and Tempranillo (here called Ull de Llebre in Catalan), for high quality reds and rosès.

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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