La Plana is the mother land and source of III Lustros, Celler Batlle and now, La Enoteca. Four hectares of Xarel·lo grow in this area, accompanied by a hectare of Macabeo. They grow on clay soils with a sandy substratum over limestone rock. Bounded to the east by the River Noia, to the north, the vineyards are open to the air currents from the valley which runs down from the mountains. To the south they are exposed to the sun, which follows the path of the river while, to the west, a hill of pine trees dominates, its shadow protecting the vineyards in the afternoons. The land is worked with the same meticulous care that it has received for the last 150 years.
Aged in bottles stored on their sides (“sur lattes”) for over 100 months, which is more than double the time required for a Gran Reserva according to the D.O. regulations. 100% artisanal process. The bottles are sealed with a cork stopper throughout the time they spend resting in the silence of the cellars, which enables the longest ageing periods. We use “pupitre” racks, and riddling and disgorging are carried out by hand. Medium dosage of 6-8 grams/litre. The “expedition liqueur” comes from the family solera, which is well over a century old. A traditional art which has been handed down from generation to generation.
Appearance: Straw yellow with golden highlights with very bright tones.
On the nose: Deep, intense and complex. Candied white fruit - peaches, Golden Delicious apples and apricots turning to orejones. Lemon peel citrus aromas. Distinct hints of herbs - pine, oak. Moss. The ageing notes are endless, toast crusts, hazelnuts, walnuts, toffee, coffee, praline, mocha, boiled sweets and puff pastries.
On the palate: Powerful on entry with infinite nuances. A balance of maturity and freshness. Fine, soft, creamy bubbles, filling and caressing the palate. Expressive retro-olfactory aromas of the fruit and the notes from long ageing already found on the nose, topped off by a mineral touch.
This cava will be enjoyed with the most exquisite dishes. It pairs well with all types of food and recipes and is an ideal match throughout an entire "tasting menu". But of course, good company and great occasions are what suit it best. To enhance the beauty of this fine cava, we suggest you serve it at 10-12º C in a large balloon wine glass to help it aerate and express its aromas to the full. Celler Batlle can be enjoyed now or, if stored in the right conditions, in a few years’ time.
Guia Peñín 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 93 Best Cava in the guide. One of the 3 best wines in Spain out of 9,800 wines in the 2013 edition.
Guia Gourmets 2014 94 points. Gramona is among the best cavas for 16 years running.
Anuario de Vinos El País 2013 98 points "A radiant cava in every way" 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008. Gramona Celler Batlle featured on the honour roll of the Best Wines in Spain.
Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2014 In a blind tasting 9,63 points
Mundovino the prestigious wine tasting group, placed Celler Batlle among the winners in their cavas blind tasting session, considering the 2002 vintage to be exceptional (2011).
Guia Proensa 2014 93 points.
Guia Respol 94 points.
Wine Advocate Neal Martin, the prestigious North American publication’s taster, commented. "Let us examine what is unquestionably the most impressive portfolio of cavas that money can buy."
The New York Times Gramona, cava before and after - "Reminds me of the great champagnes," Eric Asimov.
World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Gramona produces great cavas and has its rightful place among the best sparkling wines in the world".
Revista Decanter "Gramona is more sumptuous and refined than I ever dreamed a cava could be" Andrew Jefford.
Revista Wine and Spirits 2009 - 2010 - 2011. Among the Top 100 Wineries in the World..
Les Plus Grands Vins du Monde (The greatest wines in the world) Bettane & Desseauve. "Among my 300 favourite wines in the world" Michel Bettane, one of France's top wine gurus.
|Location||Sant Sadurní d'Anoia|
|Grape varieties||Macabeu, Xarel·lo|
|Denomination of Origin||D.O. Cava|
|Robert Parker Rating||94|
|Aging||Mínim de 100 mesos|