This year is the 65th anniversary of this wine!!! The first cava in history without added sugar after disgorgé (Brut Nature-1945-by Josep Mestres).
Grapes: 35% Macabeu, 40% Xarel.lo, and 25% Parellada, bush vines over 50 years old, manual harvest.
Aging: The wine is fermented and aged in chestnut barrels in lees for 6 months. The second fermentation in bottle is completed under natural cork, in horizontal position in rima with over 50 months of aging in the traditional bottle on its lees in Cava Mestres. Then bottles are moved from the rima resting position to favor the yeast autolysis process, greatly improving structure, and complexity. Finally, after manual disgorging, the wine is re-corked. Mestres always states the disgorging date on the label. The first cava, in 1945, to have "no dosage."
Residual sugar: Less than 1 g/l
Taste: Integrated fine bubbles. The palate is structured, fresh, long and persistent. In the aftertaste found notes of brioche, toasty notes, balsamic, confit aromas... very elegant.
Color: Attractive pale golden yellow with green highlights.
Talking About the Wines:
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ‘18 gave 93 points to 2011 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. “The Mestres “Visol” bottling of Brut Nature is the oldest running cuvée of non-dosé sparkling wine in Spain, as it was first produced in the 1945 vintage! This is an old vine bottling from the Mestres family, with all of the vineyards over fifty years of age. The cépages is forty percent Xarel-lo, thirty-five percent Macabeo and twenty-five percent Peralada. The wine was disgorged in November of 2017, giving it five and a half years aging sur latte under natural cork. The 2011 Visol offers up a superb bouquet of desiccated pear, lemon, salty minerality, a bit of sourdough bread, lovely smokiness and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and beautifully soil-driven, with a fine core, elegant mousse, superbly integrated acids and a long, poised and complex finish. This is about as refined and complex as Cava ever gets!”
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ‘18 gave 93 points to 2010 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. “The 2010 Mestres “Visol” Gran Reserva is as complex and classy as its 2011 counterpart. The bouquet shows superb depth in its combination of breadfruit, lemon, salty soil tones, a touch of rye bread, wild fennel, dried flowers and a topnote of fleur de sel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with elegant mousse, fine focus and grip and a long, classy and very well-balanced finish. I love the old vine depth the wine displays at the core and this is clearly one of the finest bottlings of Cava produced in Spain today.”
-Washington Wine Blog, Nov ’18 gave 92 points to 2011 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. “This impressive Cava wine was aged for six months in barrels prior to bottling and was disgorged in February 2018. Green apple, green papaya and nutmeg mark the nose. The palate shows good freshness and verve with kumquat, green papaya, and Granny Smith apple flavors. This shows a wonderful mouthfeel and texture with a great salinity. Bright and intense, this great wine will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028.”
-The Wine Advocate, Oct '16 gave 90 points to 2010 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. "The 2010 Visol Brut Nature showed a big influence from the contact with the lees in bottle with hints of camphor, bread dough and yeasts, quite balsamic, and a touch smoky. It has creamy palate with small bubbles, a sharp, and dry finish."