Cygnus Albireo Brut Reserva
(Organic & Vegan Certified)

"Albireo, a bluish-red double star in the Cygnus Constellation, inspires a Cava with an honest personality, fresh and plenty of subtle aromas. Made with the three Catalonia’s traditional and indigenous grape varieties, Albireo stands out for its crisp" —
John Gilman – View from the Cellar March-April 2022
Cava D.O.
35% Xarel•lo (30-yr-old vines) & 35% Parellada (41-yr-old vines)- 30% Macabeo (49-yr old vines)
260-450 meters / range of soil from deep/stony to clay-loam and limestone
Farming Methods
Organic and Vegan certified
Harvest in small boxes by hand starting beginning of September
Individual varieties are fermented separately in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks
Aged for a minimum of 12 months on lees (disgorging date on back label); 8.5 gr/liter Residual sugar
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Cygnus Albireo Brut Reserva
(Organic & Vegan Certified) NV
91 (WRO) 90+ (VfC) 90 (VfC) 90 (WE) *** (WP)
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91 Wine Review Online My experience with this wine was love at first sight (and whiff and taste). Although I love its sibling “Sador” Brut Nature Reserva just a bit more, this is even less expensive while being just as delicious in its way, and consequently an even better value. (The value of both is remarkable given that they are certified organic and vegan.) This has only 8.5 grams per liter of residual sugar, so it is a truly Brut wine rather than one that is off-dry, yet it offers very open and expressive fruit flavors that are beautifully off-set by notable mineral undertones. My preference for the “Sador” Brut Nature is that it seems a bit more detailed to me, and reserved but not “austere” despite its non-dosage crafting. Another way of expressing my preference is that the “Sador” simply doesn’t need any dosage to achieve its obvious deliciousness. However, having had my say, I grant that out of 100 hypothetical tasters, the preference split might well be 50/50. These “Cygnus” bottlings from U MES U are among the most exciting “finds” for me as a reviewer during 2023.
Michael Franz Jan 2, 2024
90+ View from the Cellar The new release of the Cygnus “Albireo” Cava Reserva Brut is made from a blend of forty- five percent Macabeu (forty-nine year-old vines), thirty-five percent Xarel-lo and twenty percent Parellada, with all of the grapes grown organically. The wine was aged fifteen months in its fine lees prior to disgorgement in July of 2022. The wine offers up a refined bouquet of lemon, tart pear, wild fennel, salty white soil tones and a topnote of lemongrass. On the palate the wine is crisp, precise and full-bodied, with a good core, excellent mineral undertow, frothy mousse and lovely length and grip on the impeccably balanced finish. I do not know what the dosage is for this bottling, but it seems quite low and perfectly suited to the wine. A lovely bottle. 2023-2040.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.
90 View from the Cellar The Cygnus “Albireo” Cava Brut Reserva from U Mes U is crafted from a blend of thirty- five percent each of Xarel-lo and Parellada and thirty percent Macabeu, with the vineyards all farmed organically. The wine was given twenty months aging on its fine lees prior to its disgorgement in November of 2023 and finished with a dosage of 8.5 grams per liter. It offers up a lovely nose of breadfruit, limepeel, menthol, salty soil tones and a topnote of lemongrass. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and youthfully brisk, with a lovely core of fruit, good mineral undertow and grip, pinpoint bubbles and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. The dosage here seems to be just about perfect to buffer the brisk young acidity. Good juice. 2024- 2035+.
John Gilman; Issue 109, January – February 2024 .
90 Wine Enthusiast Aromas of lemon curd, orange blossom and croissant set the scene for flavors of pineapple, lemon-lime sorbet, marzipan and rose water. This wine is lightly effervescent on the tongue and has a bright lemon zest finish.
M.D. - November, 2022
*** The Washington Post This is a reserve bottling from the winery that produces the popular and humorously named 1+1=3 Cava that is widely available in the D.C. area. While the basic cava is exuberant, this is more restrained and complex, with aromas of white flowers and flavors of green apples and pears. Certified organic and vegan. ABV: 11.5 percent.
Dave McIntyre; December 07, 2023
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