|Wine Review Online
|This excellent Cava house has been turning out very fine bottlings under the labels, “1+1=3” and “1+1=3 Cava Brut Rosé Selecció,” and they have sold very well at prices of $19 and $20, respectively. I assume they are made in significantly greater quantities than this wine, which is organic grapes and vegan certified. Those characteristics indicate the seriousness of the producer with this wine and its very slightly sweeter stablemate (“Albireo” Brut Reserva), but even more important is its extraordinary performance in the glass for an asking price of $22. It is wonderfully flavorful and yet still detailed for a sparkling wine at this price level, and that this was achieved without adding any sugar after disgorging (hence “Brut Nature”) is really quite remarkable. The wine hits just the right balance between fruitiness and restraint, with subtly yeasty aromas leading to flavors that recall Golden Apples with a lemony edge and a finish that is as mineral as it is fruity.
Michael Franz Jan 2, 2024
|View from the Cellar
|The Cygnus “Sador” cuvée has a slightly different cépages from the Albireo, as here the blend is forty percent each of Xarel-lo and Parellada and twenty percent Macabeo. Like the previous examples, the wine is from the base year of 2019 and this cuvée was disgorged in November of 2021 and is non-dosé. The bouquet is beautifully precise and expressive, hoppingfrom the glass in a mix of lemon, pink grapefruit, very salty minerality, dried flowers and a topnote of lemongrass. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, mineral-driven and snappy,with a fine core, frothy mousse and a long, youthful and complex finish. Without its bit of finishing dosage, I would be inclined to tuck away the Sador in the cellar for just a year or twoand let its acids relax a bit more before drinking it. However, as I often find is the case with Brut Nature bottlings of top flight Cava, the aromatic and flavor precision here is exemplary. 2023-2045+.
John Gilman - Issue #98 March-April 2022
|View from the Cellar
|The cépages of the Cygnus “Sador” Brut Nature Reserva is forty percent each of Macabeu and Xarel-lo and twenty percent Perellada. The wine was aged fifteen months on its fine lees prior to disgorgement and is non-dosé. The bouquet is bright and expressive, wafting from the glass in a mix of lemon, menthol, salty minerality, lemongrass and dried flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and very well-balanced, with good depth at the core, frothy mousse and a long, vibrant and complex finish. Good juice. 2023-2040.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.