Grapes: Parellada 35%, Xarel-lo 35% and 30 Macabeu
All fruit was hand harvested in mid-late Sept. from certified organic vineyards. The Parellada came from 2 different 38-year-old bush-vine vineyards at 450 m. The Xarel•lo from a single 26-year-old, cordon-trained vineyard at 315 m, with limestone soil. Finally, the Macabeo from a single 46-year-old bush-vine vineyard at 260 m. The wine was aged for 15 months on lees prior to disgorging in December 2016.
View from the Cellar
The new release of Cava Cygnus Brut “Reserva” is again a slight variation of cépages from the other two new bottlings in the market, as this cuvée is comprised of thirty-five percent each of Parellada and Xarel-lo and thirty percent Macabeo, with some of the estate’s oldest vines used for this bottling. It is aged a shorter time on the lees- fifteen months in this case- and finished off with a dosage of eight grams per liter. The nose wafts from the glass in a vibrant mix of lime, tart orange, salty minerality, wild fennel, gentle smokiness and dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and very nicely balanced, with a nice touch of dosage, elegant mousse and very good length and grip on the complex finish. This is really the perfect balance for most casual Cava drinkers, but will seem a tad sweet to those that are more inclined towards low dosage bubblies. Fine juice. 2017-2027. Jan/Feb 2017
(disgorged in July 2016 after 15 months on its lees) Pale gold. Aromas of ripe lemon, peach and melon, accompanied by a hint of jasmine that emerges with air. Silky and seamless on the palate, showing good depth and heft to the juicy citrus fruit and honeydew flavors. Lingers with strong, fruity persistence, leaving melon and tangerine notes behind. Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017
The Wine Advocate
The Non-Vintage Cygnus Brut Organic exhibits similar aromatics [a sophisticated nose of flowers, mineral, smoked nuts, and brioche] with greater depth and flavors on the palate.
In recent years One Plus One Equals Three has been a reliable producer of quality Cava. These new releases are all excellent with several offering very good value. May 2011