Grapes: 30% Macabeu, 40% Xarel.lo and 30% Parellada.
Aging: A Brut Nature, Gran Reserva with extended aging, a minimum of 40 months. The wine is obtained at a controlled temperature of 57-59 Fahrenheit. The second fermentation in bottle is completed in contact with the first 100% natural cork, in horizontal position in rima with over 40 months of aging in the traditional bottle on its lees. For longer aged cavas, the bottles are moved from the rima resting position to favor the yeast autolysis process, greatly improving structure and complexity. Finally after disgorging, we place the second cork. Mestres always states the disgorging date on the label. No dosage is added to the wine.
Residual sugar: Less than 1.5 g/l
Taste: Great elegance and aromatic richness, a great wealth of aromas, floral touches, fresh cut grass, apples, pears and peaches as well as citric and balsamic scents. The palate is well structured and spicy with a hint of tannin, leaving it quite dry but rich and lively. Fine bubbles and a long aftertaste.
Color: Pale straw yellow with green highlights.
Talking About the Wines:
-International Wine Report, April '17 gave 91 points to 2012 Mestres Coquet Gran Reserva Brut Nature. "No dosage was added to this dry Sparkling Wine which was aged for 40 months on the lees prior to disgorgement in June 2016. The wine is a blend of Xarel-Lo (40%) with the remainder Macabeo (30%) and Parellada (30%). A golden hued wine, there are rich aromatics of Marcona almond, brioche, apricot, and Gala apple. This leads to flavors of cantaloupe, brioche, green papaya and baking spices. The weight on the mid-palate gives this an added richness. While this possesses some aging potential, it is drinking exceedingly well right now."
- The Wine Advocate, Oct '16 gave 90 points to 2012 Mestres Coquet Gran Reserva Brut Nature. "...Plenty of notes of yeast and bread dough, and integrated bubbles, with a sharp palate that feels quite dry. Clean, fresh and with good complexity."
-Vinous Media (Explore All Things Wine), Jan '16 gave 91 points to 2012 Mestres Coquet Gran Reserva Brut Nature. "Incisive aromas of Meyer lemon, quince, toasty lees and candied ginger, accented by sexy floral notes...Racy, stony and sharply focused, the very persistent finish lingers with minerality and floral character."