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:
-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."
-Vinous Media (Explore All Things Wine), Jan '16 gave 92 points to 2010 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. "Intensely perfumed with vibrant, clean aromas of fresh citrus fruits, white flowers, and dusty minerals. Offers concentrated orange and Anjou pear flavors, that fill the palate, and are joined by suggestions of toasted grain, fennel, and succulent herbs in the glass."
-International Wine Review, Dec '15 gave 91 points to 2010 Mestres Visol Gran Reserva Brut Nature. "Showing an attractive nose that's pure with mineral and light brioche, the zero dosage Visol is broad in the mouth, and richly flavored. It's a beautifully harmonious wine with seamlessly integrated hazelnut, fruit flavors, with an extracted, long finish."